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Headstand or Sirsasana (or Shirshasana) is a complete body inversion pose considered to be the ‘King’ of all Yoga poses. Shirsha in Sanskrit means ‘head’ and thus the name.
With a variety of variations, the headstand is basically Tadasana (Mountain Pose) done upside down. Headstand is a beneficial pose for students who wish to strengthen their memory, sleep better and increase their concentration and focus in order to excel in studies.
The most important benefit of this pose is that because of the inversion it increases blood flow to the brain, improves memory and various functions of the cerebrum. Headstand strengthens the back, shoulder joints and the core. This pose stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands and strengthens the arms, legs and spine. Practicing headstands also massages the abdominal organs.
Headstand drains the blood and lymph held in reserve in legs. It gives relief to those suffering from sciatica, general backache and lumbago. This pose is great for the legs and thus benefits those affected by Varicose veins. Practicing headstand can ease respiratory disorders and lung and heart diseases. This pose also fetches relief from digestive problems like constipation and acidity. Headstand reverses the signs of aging as it provides fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face.
What you need: Room with fresh air (if you’re doing it inside, otherwise do it in open area), and you.
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Initial Position: Table Pose (Kneeling on all your fours)
Drishti or Gaze: Forward
Don’t try to rush while performing this pose. Take the support of a wall when beginning to practice or perform this pose. You can eliminate its use as you progress. Also, avoid putting too much pressure on your neck as this can injure it severely.
Begin with practicing this pose for not more than 10 secs.
Avoid doing this pose if you have the following conditions: