Salamba means supported, here the hands are used as support. The headstand has been nicknamed ‘King of yoga postures’ due to its numerous benefits.
- Sit in Vajrasana (knee and shin on the ground with toes pointing back).
- Keep your hands about shoulder width apart on the ground.
- Lean forward and put the top of the head (crown) on the ground in such a way so that the top of the head makes an equilateral triangle with the hands as the other two points.
- Lift your knee up and straighten your knee (toes are still touching the ground).
- Walk your feet forward up to a point when your upper body (torso) is just perpendicular to the ground.
- Put your right knee on the right elbow and left knee on the left elbow.
- Retain the breath inside and straighten your knee and point your toes up (practice the posture in front of a wall to save yourself from falling)
- As a variation, you can also spread your legs apart, it will give you more balance.
- Retain your breath while lowering the feet back on ground.
- Strengthens and aligns the spine, neck, shoulders, and arms
- Tones the legs and abdominal muscles
- Helps to prevent water retention in the legs and feet
- Increases the flow of blood to the brain giving more oxygen to the cells
- Can help to treat chronic headaches, anxiety, asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, depression, diabetes, insomnia
- Reduces symptoms of menopause
- Increases mental awareness and clarity
- Calms and soothes the mind
- Helps to re-balance sleep patterns, while decreasing memory loss
- Stimulates and strengthens the lungs, promoting healthy breathing
- Improves digestion
- Stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which aid growth and the production of sex hormones
- Aids in the relief of tonsillitis, persistent coughing, common cold, bad breath, and palpitations
- Helps overcome problems with the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and reproductive organs by reversing the pull of gravity.
There are some conditions under which it is not advised to practice headstands;
- High blood pressure, heart disease, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis
- Severe neck problems, like spondylitis
- During headache or migraine,
- Chronic constipation
- Kidney failure
- During pregnancy and menstruation.
- Also due to increased pressure, it is not advised if you are severely near-sighted, if you have weak blood vessels in the eye, conjunctivitis, chronic glaucoma, inflammation of the ears or any form of hemorrhage in the head.
Look for other postures in our asana directory