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Headstand: Benefits and Cautions of Headstand

Salamba Sirsasana (head stand) is classified as inversions. While many benefits are attributed to these poses, the main benefits result from the effect of gravity on circulation within the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems in the inverted state.
The main effects of Sirsasana are on the brain. The pose stimulates oxygenated blood supply to the brain, promoting clarity and sharpness of intellect. The position also revitalises the pituitary and pineal glands that regulate growth and health in the body. Sirsasana is classified as a stimulating and invigorating pose. On the contrary, Sarvangasana soothes the nervous system, and promotes patience and emotional stability. The inverted state in this asana stimulates oxygenated blood supply to the chest area, which is considered to assist the healing of ailments in this region (e.g. bronchitis and asthma). The chin lock of Sarvangasana stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands, which are involved in the regulation of the nervous and muscular systems (parathyroid) and metabolism (thyroid).
The yoga pose headstand is known as the king of all yoga poses because of the tremendous benefits it brings for the body and mind.
All our physical and mental activities are governed by the brain, which is the seat of intelligence, knowledge and wisdom. headstand increases the blood flow to the brain and it revitalises the entire body and mind

Benefits of Headstand :

  • The inverted position of a headstand also flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face, creating a glowing effect on the skin.
  • Headstands increase nutrients and blood flow to the scalp.
  • . Headstands stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. These glands are vital to our wellbeing, and are considered the master glands that regulate all other glands in the body (thyroid, pineal, and adrenals).
  • When the adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified with headstands, we create more positive thought. Depression will decrease, as going upside down will almost always put a smile on your face.
  • Improved circulation occurs with a headstand practice. Because the heart constantly has to pump blood upward to the brain, the headstand gives the heart a rest and reduces unnecessary strain. In addition, while in headstand de-oxygenated blood is able to flow more easily from the extremities to the heart.
  • Headstands increase digestive fire and increase body heat. The intestines are cleansed by reversing the pull of gravity, while releasing congested blood in the colon.
  • Headstands strengthen deep core muscles. To hold a straight headstand for an extended period of time, the practitioner must engage the obliques, the rectus abdominus and the transverse abdominus. To really engage and strengthen the core, pike the legs by lifting and/or lowering both legs at the same time when coming in and out of the pose.

Cautions of Headstand

In addition following are the other conditions when headstand can be dangerous and should be avoided or to be performed with caution.

  1. If you are suffering from high blood pressure.
  2. If you have weak eye blood vessels or have had eye operation.
  3. For women during menstruation and pregnancy, it is best to avoid this pose.
  4. If you have a neck injury.

Warrior II Pose – how to do warrior 2 pose in yoga

Warrior II Pose (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior

Perform the Warrior II Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Step 1 : Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet apart according to your self or 4 1/2 feet. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out line with your shoulder , keep palms facing down.
  • Step 2 : Turn your right foot slightly to the right and your left foot out to the left 90 degrees. Align the left heel with the right foot arch . Firm your thighs and turn your left thigh outward so that the center of the left knee cap is in line with second toe. Don’t press or force your knee. Keep active your thighs.
  • Step 3 : Exhale and bend your left knee until you feel body weight on mounds(toes) and as you bend you left knee you have to work on you right leg and keeping pushing right leg away from the left leg. Don’t let pass your knee over the ankle. If possible, bring the left thigh parallel to the floor. Anchor this movement of the left knee by strengthening the right leg and pressing the outer right foot firmly to the floor.
  • Step 4 : Stretch the arms away from the space between the shoulder blades, parallel to the floor. Don’t lean the torso over the left thigh: Keep the sides of the torso equally long and the shoulders directly over the pelvis. and  body weight should be even on both legs. Turn the head to the left and look out over the fingers.
  • Step 5 : Stay for 10 to 20 seconds . Inhale to come up. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time to the left.

Benefits of Virabhadrasana 2

Warrior 2 strengthens and/or builds endurance in the outer hips (gluteus medius and some of the lateral rotators), anterior thighs (the vasti group of the quadriceps) and outer shoulders (lateral deltoids), and stretches muscles along the inner thighs (most of the adductors).  Because a fair amount of lateral rotation is required in the front hip, it also stretches the piriformis! 

if the thigh is flexed sufficiently), which will begin to make Sukhasana (comfortable pose), Agnisambhasana (fire-log pose), and other postures requiring lateral rotation more accessible.  Warrior 2 helps to feel more grounded and confident, which relates to fortifying the muladhara chakra at the base of the spine.  It also challenges one’s will power to stay in the posture, so it seems that Warrior 2 would have a beneficial effect on the manipura chakra  (the 3rd chakra, located at the solar plexus).

Watch Full Video on You Tube how to do warrior 2 pose in yoga : Step-by-Step Instructions

Rishikesh – The Divine Land

Start packing your bags to the gorgeous destination of Rishikesh where you will get everything you want or you would dream of. Massive Mountains, Rugged River, Soothing Greenery, Stunning Views, coated with the spiritual atmosphere; this is what you actually found in Rishikesh. The awe-inspiring wonders of the city will definitely attract you to the fullest.
Located in the Dev Nagari, Uttarakhand; Rishikesh is a small city filled with positivity and beauty. There are many attractions in the city which will gear up your mood for sure, be it’s about spirituality, adventures, meditation, peace or beauty; Rishikesh tops in all. Once you visit the place, you will feel the everlasting beauty of it.
Every traveler should experience and replete in the colors of the city. The best part about Rishikesh is, no matter what your age group is, No matter what your interest is; you will be comfortable here in the city. It’s like, the city is made for all. Feel the breeze of the sacred Indian River, Ganges and get mesmerised with the attractive Maa Ganga Aarti, performed at the famous places or Ghats like “Parmarth Niketan”,“Triveni Ghat” & “Shatrughan Ghat”.
The city might be small but you will get every item here, that is, the place is also best for shopping, especially for spiritual items, handicrafts, wooden items, antique items and so on. Talking about the taste buds, then the food of the city will definitely satiate your tongue and give you a foodaholic feeling for sure.
Summarizing, we just have to say that; Rishikesh has everything you need!

History of Rishikesh

There are several mythological stories associated with this place. The place is also named as “Kubjamrak” in the Skanda Purana. Some of the mythological stories related to Rishikesh:

  • Once a saint, Raibya Rishi did severe penance here and so God Vishnu appeared in the form of “Hrishikesh”, from then the place was referred as “Hrishikesh”, which later becomes “Rishikesh”.
  • Some legends state that Lord Rama did penance here before killing Ravana; and his younger brother, Lakshmana crossed the river Ganges using a jute rope bridge, which is now known as “Lakshman Jhula”. The bridge was replaced by an iron suspension bridge.
  • The place also witnesses God Vishnu killing the mighty demon “Madhu”.
  • It is also mentioned that Lord Agni did penance of Lord Shiva here.
  • Lord Shiva consumed poison, which was obtained during the churning of oceans, due to which his throat turns blue and from then, he was known as Neelkanth. The famous temple in Rishikesh, “Neelkanth Mahadev” is the same site where Shiva consumed the poison.
  • However, Rishikesh becomes the noted place after the visit of Adi Shankaracharya at about 9 century AD. He also built the famous Bharat Mandir here.

Various rulers ruled the place like Kunind, Shak Kings, Naga Kings, Vatsraj, Ajaypal, Gorkha Rulers and so. The place also came in limelight after the visit of the famous “The Beatles” in the 1960s.

There are many historical temples and points in Rishikesh like Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir, Bharat Mandir, Kunjapuri Temple, Triveni Ghat, and so on.

Why Rishikesh for Yoga?

Rishikesh, also known as “Yoga Capital of the World” is certainly the best place if you are a yoga lover. Stretching, Relaxing and Rejuvenating in a tranquil and peaceful environment is definitely what you need for fine yoga practice, That’s why Rishikesh is considered the best place for yoga and other spiritual and mindfulness activities.

Yoga needs a positive atmosphere and a remote environment and surely the city of Rishikesh will offer you this, and to the bonus, Spirituality added a special point in your yoga workbook. That is the reason, Rishikesh is the best place to study and practice the divinity of yoga.

Here are some of the reasons, you should opt Yoga Teacher Training Courses or Programs in Rishikesh:

  • Location: Rishikesh is located on the banks on the River Ganga and surrounded by the stunning Himalayan Peaks. The running river is the best part, you should go with Rishikesh for your next yoga program. Moreover, the spirituality in the air of Rishikesh is another reason to go with this place for yoga.
  • Yoga from its Roots: Practicing yoga in Rishikesh means to practice the true and real yoga from its roots. The city is the birthplace fo yoga and so holds the roots of it. So, get ready to experience real yogic life.
  • Professional Yog-Gurus: Yoga teachers of Rishikesh holds years of working knowledge and professional experience in their respective fields. That means you’ll gain true knowledge from real yoga teachers.

These are just few reasons, there are many more reasons to opt Rishikesh as the new Yoga Destination!

Virabhadrasana-3 (Veer-ah-bah-drahs-anna)

 Warrior II explained -- Virabhadrasana

Virabhadrasana-3 give good/solid foundation to the body, and give us great understanding of gravity. virabhadrasana-3 is a balance and strength building yoga posture. It strengthens legs, develops a strong core and is adequate to be practiced by experienced yoga intermediates.

You can start in mountain pose and step forward into the balancing position as an alternative to transitioning from virabhadrasana-1 and high lunge as we described here.

How to Perform Warrior 3:

Step 1: Come into the mountain position or Tadasana. From there open your legs hip width
distance to understand the gravity right underneath the feet to feel the good foundation for
the feet.

Step 2: As you find a good foundation to the feet then you can step one leg back – right or left
– and then place your hands onto the hip, but make sure your hip is square and parallel. From
there you can bend the front knee until you feel your body weight shifting towards the mound
of your feet as well. Make sure when you’re bending your leg you’re not losing the action of
the back leg.

Step 3: Once you feel even weight on both legs then reach the arms up above your head to
feel the extension of the side body. Make sure the pelvis is not dropping towards your thigh.
Step 4: Now try to lift your back heel off the ground and come into the high lunge position.
From there try to shift your body weight on the front leg. The front knee must be bent – you
should not straighten yet.

Step 5: Once you shift your body weight on the front leg lean your front body towards the
front thigh and continue extending the arms forward. Hold for a couple of breaths.
Step 6: Try to lift your back leg, but keep the front knee bent. Once you feel a good balance on
the front foot then try to straighten your leg, but make sure you’re not getting the pressure
behind your knee. From there step your foot back to the neutral position and then you can
repeat from the other side.

How to do Warrior 3 watch full video on You Tube : 

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