Unlock the Fountain of Youth by Turning Upside Down?
By Sara Novak
As a certified yoga instructor, I'm well acquainted with the benefits of headstands. In fact, the headstand is often called the queen of all yoga poses. Inverted poses, like the headstand, can refresh the glandular and circulatory systems, increase circulation and drainage of lymphatic fluid, and stimulate the nervous system. But did you know that headstands can also provide the skin with an instant facelift? In fact, according to the Stanford Wellsphere, Eva Mendes admits that she lies upside down on a slant board for about 20 minutes before a photo shoot, or a hot date. She notes that the increased blood flow to her upper body and face brings on a vibrant, flushed-with-youth look.
Who needs fancy creams and other costly beauty products that just add to your consumption? Do it naturally, without any packaging, processing, or purchasing. While inversions can be a bit trying at first, turning upside down for any period of time can have incredible benefits. But remember to consult a professional before turning things upside down in order to prevent injury.
The Anti-Aging Effects of Headstands
1. Reverse Gravity
A headstand can reduce facial wrinkles if practiced regularly. Headstands reverse the effects of gravity and allow the skin to rest while being pulled in another direction. Furthermore, headstands can increase circulation to the face, which can bring much needed nutrients and oxygen to an area that can always use a little rejuvenation. Increased circulation can also remove wrinkle causing toxins.
2. Reduce Gray Hair
Practicing headstands regularly has even been reported to convert gray hair back to its natural color. Although I can't vouch for the validity of this particular claim, the transformation is supposedly due to the increase in blood supply and nutrients to hair follicles in the scalp.
3. Increase Sexual Energy
The bottom line is that a regular inversion practice can lead to better circulation to every part of your body, including the thyroid, pineal, and adrenals. This even goes for your sexual organs, which means better sexual health.