Dr. Wayne Dyer says that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. One of my favorite ways to change my mental perspective is to physically get upside down. Headstand pose, or Sirsasana, greatly increases blood flow to the brain. This provides a tremendous amount of oxygen which improves concentration and clarity of thought. I like to do this just to experience being inverted, but it is especially effective if you are troubled with an issue you just can’t seem to work out.
I like to stay in this pose for 3-5 long deep breaths. I allow my gaze to soften, shifting from directly “looking” or focusing on single objects and letting my eyes “see” and take in all that is around me from this new vantage point. When you do this, you’ll notice that your furniture looks different as upside down shapes instead of a thing we have labeled “bed” or “dresser.” Similarly, I often gain new insights to problems that I may not have been able to find a solution to while going about my day. I often find that if I don’t think of something new to try, I at least find that I am less worried and able to release anxiety as the blood flow has rejuvenated my mind.
Please use caution when practicing this or any other yoga pose. Headstands are not for everyone, especially those with neck, eye or ear issues. Know your limits and please do not try anything you are not accustomed to doing in your own practice.