SIRSASANA – THE KING OF ASANAS

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The name comes from the Sanskrit words Shirsha  meaning “head”  and Asana  meaning “posture”.

Sirsasana, the headstand, is traditionally known as the king of all asanas. It Provides cardio vascular,physiological benefits. Psychologically and emotionally, sirsasana is one of the most powerful and beneficial poses you can do. Sirsasana improves mental concentration and focus and allows for greater ease when practicing seated in meditation. Practicing headstand has been frequently cited as a pose to counteract the symptoms of depression.

Health 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 abdominal
  • 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, hay fever, depression, diabetes, insomnia, and symptoms of menopause
  • Increases mental awareness and clarity
  • Calms and soothes the mind
  • May reverse the effects of lethargy, sleep loss, and memory loss
  • Stimulates and strengthens the lungs, facilitating healthy breathing
  • Improves posture and digestion
  • Aids in the relief of tonsillitis, persistent coughing, common cold, bad breath, and palpitations
  • Helps overcome problems of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and reproductive organs by reversing the pull of gravity

Considerations :

Check with your physician before practicing sirsasana if you have a back or neck injury, high or low blood pressure, an excess weight, a heart condition or glaucoma . If you are pregnant, practice sirsasana only if you are already comfortable with the pose. If you are new to sirsasana, ask your yoga teacher for help. If you are menstruating, let your teacher know so that he can guide you accordingly.
Note : Perform this asana with the support of the wall when you initially practice it.

Step1: Interlock your fingers and place forearms on the floor.

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Step 2: Place the crown of your head in between the interlocked hands.

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Step 3: Raise hips and knees slowly off the ground; straighten your legs, pressing down on toes. Transfer your body weight to the interlocked hands and head while balancing.

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Step 4 : Try lifting up one leg off the floor slowly and steadily. To make it easier, walk your feet towards your head, unless you feet would naturally want to lift off. Now that you have lifted one leg, try lifting the other leg too. Lift legs off the ground and bring it in a straight line with your trunk.

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Step 5 : To come down, bend your knees and curl down or bring down one leg and then the other as you had gone up. Relax in a kneel-down posture with some deep relaxing breaths.

 

 

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