In the Sanskrit language, the word “Shirsha” means head and “asana” means pose. So it is called Shirshasana.
- Sit on knees like Vajrasana position and interlock the fingers of both hands and place them in front on the yoga mat.
- Slowly place your head into the hollow of palms.
- Slowly lift your both legs towards upwards and keep it straight. You can take help of the wall or your friend while practicing this position.
- The body should be in a straight line from down to up.
- Breathe normally in this position for 15 to 20 seconds or more than that if you can.
- Now slowly release pose to come to starting position by lower down your legs (Bending Knees)one by one.
- Repeat this for 3-4 cycles.
- You can practice it for 1 minute to a maximum of 5 minutes in the beginning. After a good practice, you can increase duration. It really all depends on your level. In the beginning, try it for 1 minute. If you feel comfortable then increase time.
Benefits of Shirshasana (Headstand Pose)
- Increase blood circulation in the brain and improve brain function and memory.
- Cure Insomnia (Suffering from sleeping disorder)
- Improves digestion.
- Those suffering from liver disease, headache, poor blood circulation, this asana is very beneficial.
- Cures spine problems.
- Improves concentration.
- Relaxes the mind.
- Help to improve mental balance.
- Good for increasing memory.
- Releases anxiety.
- Stimulate and regulates all the body systems.
Precaution for Shirshasana (Headstand Pose)
- Those suffering from a cough and cold, constipation, heart disease, head injuries or neck problem, high blood pressure or low blood pressure should avoid practicing this asana.
- Women should not practice during periods.
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