Shirshasana is the king of all yoga poses due to its amazing psychological, physical, and mental health effects on the whole body. It is also known as Headstand.
The name Shirshasana is derived from Sanskrit words:
Shirsha = Head
Asana = Posture
It is an advanced asana that brings the body and mind into perfect shape.
Here we explain to you how to practice Headstand and its benefits and contraindications:
Place your mat close to the wall. Interlock your fingers and place them on the mat. Release your lower arms and elbows to the mat and create a triangle shape. Your lower arms should be at a 70°-90° angle towards each other.
This triangle shape makes a balance to your body. When you lift your body, this will be the focal point of your weight (not on your Head).
Now, Place the crown of the head between the interlocked fingers. Your palms and fingers touch the back of your head.
Lift your knees. Keep your spine straight, and now gently lift your legs. First, find the balance and avoid falling. Straighten your legs and align your spine and legs into one line.
Remember to have the weight on your lower arms, not on your Head.
If you fall backward, you will be supported by the wall.
Sometimes this pose takes a while to find the balance, so don’t worry and keep trying.
Release the pose
To come out of the pose, slowly bend your knees. Lower your legs carefully to the ground while maintaining the balance. Stay in kneeling position for a while and then lift the Head to return to the starting position. Relax the body.
- Increases the blood flow to the brain
- Reduces mental and emotional stress and anxiety.
- Improves concentration and calmness
- Regulates irregular menstruation and keep reproductive organs healthy.
- Revitalizes the nervous and endocrine system
- Improves the haemoglobin content of the blood
- Relieves diabetes type 2
- Improves the eye vision
- Prevents hair loss and turning grey of hair
- Cures piles and varicose veins
- Balances metabolic functions
- Removes lethargy
- Rejuvenates the brain
- This asana should not be practiced if you suffer from:
- High blood pressure
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Weak blood vessels
- Heart disease
- Pregnant or menstruating
As this asana is classified as an advanced posture, it is best performed with the support of a wall and under the supervision of a knowledgeable teacher.
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