Sirsasana or Headstand is a pose with many health benefits! It relaxes blood flow to the lower extremities improving swelling and venous congestion, releases the adrenal glands and kidneys, allows the heart to relax in the pericardium, and increases blood flow to the head, neck, and face.
Inversions are not for everyone. Do not practice sirsasana if you have uncontrolled hypertension, headaches, neck pain or injury, glaucoma, a recent stroke or aneurysm in the brain.
If you are a beginner, practice near a wall; place the short end of your yoga mat against the wall. Make sure there is no furniture or other objects around you that you could potentially fall on.
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How to Do a Yoga Headstand: Step-by-step guide to get into Sirsasana
- Interlock the fingers tightly, palms forming a cup.
- Place the head on the formed cup so that the crown of the head touches the palms.
- Raise the knees from the floor by pulling the toes towards the head. Slowly raise your legs upwards from the floor.
- After the body gets properly balanced in this position, gradually and slowly straighten the legs.
- Take care that you maintain equilibrium and you don’t fall backward.
- Make sure that the spine and thighs are in line, straight and vertical.
- Relax the whole body as much as possible.
- Close the eyes
- Breathe slowly and deeply.
- This is the final pose of sirsasana. Stay in the final pose for a comfortable length of time. Come back by flexing the knees and sliding them down to the floor in reverse order.
Variations in Sirsasana:
- Try these variations to make it more challenging. Have fun with it!
- Bring the soles of your feet to touch, knees out to the sides.
- Bring your legs into a lotus position.
- Scissor your legs, bringing the toes of one foot to the floor, then the other.
- Extend your legs wide apart, then zip them up together.
Always warm-up before attempting more complicated yoga poses. Keeping loose will help prevent injury. If you are attempting Sirsasana for the first time, be sure to have a more advanced practitioner there to help you and ensure that you do not get injured.