In Yoga, the headstand takes one of the prime places due to its enormous significance in maintaining our health and augmenting the metabolic system. Here we learn how the body functions become better through the simple but effective Sirsasana.
Enhances pituitary functions
We call the pituitary gland the master gland because it controls the working of many other related glands. These are the adrenal gland, thyroid gland, and so on that make up the endocrine system. This is a ductless gland that secretes hormones straight into the bloodstream. You find this pea-sized gland on the underside of the brain. Some of the signs of a malfunctioning pituitary gland are poor appetite, weakness, nausea, mood disturbance, body aches, painful menses, and dry skin. The action of Sirsasana produces these effects:
– Revitalizes the nervous system
– Enhances the control of the endocrine system
Sirsasana increases the blood flow to the brain. This helps rectify glandular disorders and enhance brain function.
Diabetes involves the working of the pancreas. The enzymes from the pancreas help break down the carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acid, and proteins when it functions as a digestive exocrine gland. In its function as an endocrine gland, it secretes insulin that helps metabolize the sugar in the blood. The Sirsasana helps augment the working of the pancreas through the increased blood flow. This improves the metabolism of sugar in the blood.
Flushes the lymphatic system
Our body removes the waste through the lymphatic system. Sirsasana has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system. The movement of the garbage dumped in the system gets moved faster and with more efficiency. By removing the toxins, you develop a healthier body system. The lymphatic system also helps transport the fatty acids (chyle) from the digestive system and fight infections using the white blood cells. Sirsasana helps improve the flow of the lymphatic system. This speeds up the processes and enhances the metabolism.
In the normal situation, blood has a tough time moving through the bottom part of the body, the legs and up to the torso and then the head. Poor blood circulation is the reason for many of the ailments in the body. We see the good things about practicing Sirsasana below:
– Normalizes blood pressure
– Increases blood flow to the scalp
– Relax and compress specific blood vessels in the brain making them strong
When there is a normal passage of communication through the nerves, the muscles become relaxed. The knots dissolve, and the body experiences a calming effect. Blood to the brain enhances the working of the nervous system.
Develops healthy brain
Better blood flow to the brain is beneficial for many reasons. Here is a look at some of them:
– Boosts brain function
– Relieves a headache and migraine
– Maintains healthy gland functions
– A positive effect of the sexual function
Easing the nerves helps improve the sensibility and augment the sexual function. When there is good interaction between the various organs, and good message passing through the nerves, your body functions improve.
If you are a beginner in the practice of Yoga, the recommendation is that you do not attempt the Sirsasana immediately. Learn the basic poses first and then try the more difficult asanas.