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Salamba Sirshasana 3/ Headstand 3

This variation of Sirshasana requires more balance, so try it in front of a wall till you get the confidence to do a free headstand.



  • Kneel down and widen the knees to about one feet apart.
  • Place the palms on the ground about shoulder width apart in such a way that the fingers are pointing towards you.
  • Place the crown of your head at a point which is equidistant from the palms (the head and the palms should make an equilateral traiangle)
  • Pressing the wrist and palms down firmly, exhale, raise the feet from the floor, lift the legs up to a vertical position and balance. Do not widen the elbow but try and bring them as close as possible.
  • After learning to balance in this variation, try to bring the hands as close as possible to each other.


  • 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.


  • 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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