Shirshasan

Shirshasan – The headstand pose

 

Shirshasana

Shirshasana

Introduction

The name comes from the Sanskrit words Shirsha meaning “head”, and  Asana  meaning “posture” or “seat”. The body is completely inverted, and held upright supported by the forearms, while the crown of the head rests lightly on the floor. Shirshasan is nicknamed “king” of all the asanas. Tadasana should always be done following shirshasan.

Benefits

  • It improves blood circulation to the brain and eyes, hence increasing their efficiency.
  • It helps to bring the impure blood from the lower region of the body to the heart, thus relieving strain from the heart.
  • It improves memory and the ability to concentrate.
  • The weight of the abdominal organs on the diaphragm encourages deeper exhalation so that more carbon dioxide and other toxins are removed from the lungs.
  • It helps removes the problems connected with semen or nightfall.
  • It strengthens liver, spleen and the nervous system.
  • It helps relive problems related to the menstruation and reproductive system.
  • It is one of the best asana for varicose vein problem.

 

Technique

  • Before starting the asana put thick folded cloth near a wall.
  • Put both hands up to the elbows on the cloth and place the knees on the ground.
  • Now interlock the fingers of both hands and place the head on the cloth.
  • Straighten both knees.
  • Slowly, walk the toes towards the head.
  • The back, neck and head should form a straight line perpendicular to the ground.
  • Slowly bend the knees, lifting the legs off the ground towards the chest while keeping balance on the forearms and head.
  • Exhale and while inhaling straighten the back and slowly raise the knees towards the ceiling.
  • Straighten the legs and point the toes up, breathing normally.
  • Hold the posture as long as possible, but not more than five minutes.
  • Slowly lower the legs by bending the knees and bringing the feet towards the buttocks and then the toes to the floor.
  • Then do Tadasana for the same duration in which shirshasana was done.

 

Contra-indications

  • This asana should not be done by those who have any ailment of brain, nose, ear, eyes and heart.
  • It should not be practised during menstruation and pregnancy.
  • It should not be done by person who is having high blood pressure, problems with the cervical spine and chronic constipation.

 

 

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