Bound Headstand is a basic inversion pose, it simulates a “face lift” flushes fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face, creating a glowing effect on the skin, it nutrients and blood flow to the scalp, stimulate and provide refreshed blood to the pituitary and hypothalamus glands, Improved circulation in the body. It also help strengthen deep core and shoulders muscles.
For me, bound headstand like a combine of 2 poses: bound pose and balance pose. So to master this pose, one should be aware of 4 important things:
1. Maintain the pressure of the hand (or the palm) with the head. With the finger interlaced, the wrists strong, the palms bound and press the head. It forms a triangle so it will help creating a very stable foundation.
2. The neck: someones those have neck problems like cervical spondilosys shouldn’t do headstand and if you do not aware of the neck during practicing headstand so your neck will be injured very soon. Keep the neck lengthened, draw the head a little bit backward to active your trapezius muscle and maintain the neck not hyper extension help protecting your neck.
3. The shoulder: the shoulder blades need to be protracted and lifted toward the ears, active the seratus anterior muscles to connect the shoulder and the ribcage. You also need to lift up the chest in order to open your heard as well as keep the spine strait.
4. Your core: to maintain the straight line in bound headstand as well as to help lift up and take down the leg, your core must be very strong. The core must be actived to control the hip to maintain it stable, not go out of the range of movement.
The counter pose of headstand can be shoulderstand or just a relax forward fold.
Handstand is one of my favorite pose, it challenged me at first but after mastering it, I often stand in my head and arms 5 minutes a day. Practicing this pose not only give strength but also give me a lot of confidence. Though it took me 1 year to go from a totally wall depending to a confident practitioner but during this time I also learn many thing more, not just adana. I’ve learned that, to master just one simple thing, one should focus, pacing and be patience.