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Sirshasana- Headstand

By Prana Yoga | In All Yoga Postures, Headstand, Inversions | on April 24, 2014

The headstand has been nicknamed ‘King of yoga postures’ due to its numerous benefits.

Sirshasana-Headstand

Variation

Sirshasana-Headstand-variation

Steps:

  1. Sit in Vajrasana (knee and shin on the ground with toes pointing back).
  2. Rise on your knee lean forward placing the forearms on the mat with fingers interlocked forming an equilateral triangle.
  3. Place the crown of the head on the mat between the interlocked fingers. Wrap the hands around the head to make a firm support so that it cannot roll backwards when pressure is applied
  4. Lift your knee up and straighten your knee (toes are still touching the ground).
  5. Walk your feet forward up to a point when your upper body (torso) is just perpendicular to the ground.
  6. Bend the knee and press the thigh against the abdomen and lower chest.
  7. Transfer the body weight slowly from the toes onto the head and arms maintaining a steady balance, slowly raise the foot up one after the other about 20 cm from the ground.
  8. Slowly straighten your knee pointing your toes and contracting the abdomen muscles, keeping the whole body straight.
  9. Stay in the posture for about 30 seconds and slowly try to increase the timings. Come back down slowly in the same reverse way you got into the posture and relax in shashankasana.

Benefits:

  • 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.

Contraindications:

  • 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.

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