What’s your favourite Yoga pose?
Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)
One of the more challenging-looking arm balance poses.
It requires strength, stability, and daringness to root through the hands to support the body.
Yoga Handstand is worth the challenge and daringness to fall while learning to fly because of all the amazing health benefits!
Rooting the hands into the mat challenges the body’s equilibrium and reverses the effects of gravity. It also increases blood flow to the head, and activates the neck.Additionally, the reversed flow of blood in the legs and visceral regions aids in tissue regeneration. The weight of the abdominal organs on the diaphragm promotes a deeper exhalation which increases the amount of carbon dioxide that is removed from the lungs. Yoga Handstand also stretches the abdomen and strengthens the shoulders, arms, and wrists.
This yoga pose promotes increased and reversed blood flow which energises the mind and shifts the internal perspective. It builds confidence and increases the capacity to focus and attune to the body and mind.
Increased blood flow in Yoga Handstand is also linked to stress release and reduced depression. Rooting through the hands grounds the body and mind, and efficient breathing decreases worry and anxiety. So not only does it renew the body, it also re-centres the mind.
Energy flows and is given from the hands. Yoga Handstands root energy and ground through the hands to build confidence and connection as well as brighten the spirit.
Handstands also require the chest to open while inverted and sends energy from the root chakra to the crown chakra. Specifically, this pose is associated with the sahasrara/crown chakra which affects mental clarity and awareness.
Believe it or not, practicing yoga handstands can help you connect to your 'higher' self, to every being on the planet, and to the divine energy of the universe.
COMMON PROBLEMS & MISALIGNMENTS:
- Elbows bent, which tightens the trapezius.
- Pressing into little finger side of the hand & cupping the hand.
- Throwing the legs up haphazardly; twisting the body when kicking up.
- Sway back, lumbar collapsed
- Front ribs & diaphragm are thrust forward.
- Scapulae elevated, & neck compresses.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- High blood pressure.
- Menstrual cycle.
- Belt is good for students who are stiff to prevent elbows bending
- Slanting plank for wrist problems; or rolled up sticky mat placed under the wrists.
- Turn the hands out for stiff shoulders and rotator cuff problems.