Yoga Headstand – Salamba Sirsasana: The King of Asanas
The Yoga Headstand leads to optimize the flow of nutrients in your head and scalp. This pose is considered as the greatest of all asanas due to its many health benefits. It revitalizes the body and mind and relieves anxiety and other psychological disturbances. With this pose, deep exhalation is possible due to the weight of the abdominal organs on the diaphragm, which allows for a larger amount of carbon dioxide to be removed from the lungs. It also helps with many nervous and glandular disorders, especially those of the reproductive system. It reverses the effect of gravity on the body, alleviating the flow of blood of the legs and visceral region-aiding regeneration.
Breathing and relaxation is important to receive the full benefits of the yoga headstand. You may want to practice a relaxing Mudra to prepare for the Salamba Sirasana.
Yoga Headstand Benefits
- Stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which aid growth and the production of sex hormones
- Strengthens the spine, neck, shoulders, and arms
- Tones the legs and abdominals
- Relieves a buildup of fluid in the legs and feet
- Allows a healthy, pure blood flow to brain cells
- Stimulates the nervous system
- Aids in the treatment of headaches, anxiety, asthma, sinusitis, fever, depression, diabetes, insomnia and symptoms of menopause
- Increase mental awareness and clarity
- Calms and soothes the mind
- May reverse the effect of lethargy, sleep loss, and memory loss
- Stimulates and strengthens the lungs, facilitating healthy breathing
- Improves posture and digestion
- It helps overcome problems of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and reproductive organs by reversing pull of gravity
How To Do Yoga Headstand
- Starting on your knees, lean forward and place the forearms on the ground. The elbows should be in front of the knees at shoulder width distance (measure this by touching the elbows with the fingers and keeping the elbows in that spot).
- The fingers should be interlocked at their webs, the lower little finger tucked in front of the other little finger so that the outer bases of the hands are flat. The thumbs can be kissing or placed one on top of the other.
- Place the crown of the head on the floor, between the hands. It should not push into the fingers but instead rest gently against the base of the hands. The support should be firm and not break or roll backward when pressure is applied.
- Lift the knees and buttocks off the floor, straighten the legs and start to walk the toes towards the head. The hips will gradually shift back into a vertical position.
- Bend the knees slightly, and press them against the abdomen and chest, transferring the body weight slowly from the toes onto the head and arms. The majority of the weight should be on the arms not on the head.
- Slowly raise one foot up at a time carefully finding balance. Extend the legs and balance on the head and arms. The whole body should in one straight line with the feet relaxed.
Remember to keep breathing. The breath should become more and more subtle as the body adjusts to this pose. Start by holding it for 10-30 seconds, gradually increasing this time as you go feeling more comfortable. 3-5 minutes is sufficient for the health benefits of this pose.
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