I started doing yoga when I turned 30 to gain more flexibility and stability for my board sports. I have been a dedicated yoga practitioner ever since I got a taste of the benefits of a regular routine.
Besides being a yogi, I’m also a biohacker. The two may seem contradictory. Although I think the original yogis can fall under the term “biohackers”. As they experimented with breathing, the mind and body.
When I was training with a Mysore (ashtanga variation) teacher he always hammered on the importance of the headstand at the end of the practice. Honestly, in the beginning, when I was struggling to actually stand on my head, I experienced some benefits of the oxygenated blood flowing to my brain. However not of that magnitude that could justify the teachers enthousiasm for a headstand.
Only after a few weeks when I could control the headstand and relax in the pose, I understood what the yoga teacher meant. Being able to relax in this upside pose. Brings you fast in a meditative state.
Being relaxed in combination with post-yoga workout oxygen & neurotransmitter rich blood pumped into the brain is responsible for this state.
As biohacker, I did see a missing link in the headstand pose.
As most people, I followed yoga classes in studio on a foam mat. Now the original yogis probably didn’t have a comfy mat and floor. And probably performed these poses in nature, in contact with the earth.
And that made me think as I had been reading a lot about grounding and the negative charge of the earth. Most of these articles talk about walking barefoot in a park or on the beach.
And that made me connect the dots…
Our brain is the most electrified organ in our body. Neurons communicate with each other with electric pulses.
Wouldn’t it make a lot of sense to bring our brain in direct contact with the earth for grounding?
I was so excited about that idea that I started a 30 day headstand challenge.
This is what I learned:
- If you can’t do a headstand, do a tripod headstand instead. The effect is more or less the same. Generally, you will be more comfortable and stable in a tripod headstand. It is easier to get into a meditative state and you will be able to hold the upside-down pose longer which will benefit the effect.
- Seems to work best in the grass with morning dew. Probably because the moist is responsible for better electric guiding. Also is more comfortable as the moist earth shapes to the shape of your skull.
- The effect of a headstand is way better if you do some kind of breathing or yoga exercise before. This is due to the higher oxygen in the blood that rushes to the brain.
- When you are bit advanced. (don’t try this the first couple of times) Close your eyes. This will give you an almost out-of-body experience.
This entire experiment is based purely on how I feel. But I’m working to quantify it with hard data. If you have ideas how to do this, leave a comment. Keep you posted.