SEASONAL SELF-CARE BLOG
Improve your concentration with Headstands
Posted on October 26th, 2015
Are you feeling fragmented and overwhelmed this Fall? Spend a little more time upside down with Leigh and deepen your powers of concentration!
I’m truly enjoying my headstand practice this Fall. I have always loved being upside down. I can remember as a kid hanging out alot in shoulderstand on the cushioned ledge in our dining room. I also could be found dangling upside down for hours on the swing in our tree in the backyard. The first person I knew in my life that did headstands was my grandfather, Albert Evans. He had a 33 minute daily exercise practice which included a 3 minute headstand. I was inspired by his daily dedication and he was in amazing shape! It made a real impression on me.
I always feel so nourished by my inversion practice. I am much more able to concentrate. The day goes smoother and I really get a lot more done. Distractions fall away and I can stay focused and on task. I increase the time I spend in inversions in the Fall to stay balanced and centered in our “windy season”. In Fall, Vata Dosha (the air element) increases and we often feel fragmented, overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious, nervous, scattered, and distracted. When our vata dosha gets out of balance, we experience our thoughts running a mile a minute resulting often in insomnia. Inversions help us quiet the mind and deepen our concentration in addition to the enormous cleansing and healing benefits for our immune, digestive, reproductive, circulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems.
Try spending a little more time upside down this Fall!
Oh, and if you’re having trouble falling asleep, or wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, just listen to my “Sleep & the Art of Rest” audio sessions–Guided relaxation and breathing practices to help you unwind, ease your mind, and summon sleep! Enjoy!