The Headstand (Shirsh Asana)
This yoga improves blood circulation on the head, Relieves pressure on the lower back,
Improves memory, concentration and the sensory faculties.
The spillover benefit from practicing this yoga on a regular
basis makes your hair strong and reduce loss of hair when you comb
your hair. This is because your hair gradually will look healthy
and lustrous apart from preventing it from falling.
Description of the asana
King of asanas, the Headstand or Sirshasana is one of the most
powerfully beneficial postures for both body mind.
- Kneel down and rest your weight on your forearms, Wrap your
hands around your hands around your elbows.
- Release your hands and place them in front if you , with
fingers interlocked. Your elbows now stay in this position.
- Place the back of your head in your clasped hands and the
top of your head on the floor.The hands and elbows from a
tripod, making a firm foundation for the inverted body.
- Now straighten your knees and raise your hips.
- Without bending the knees, walk your feet in as close to
your head as possible. Pull your hips back so that your neck is
not bent backward or forward, but is in straight line with the
- Bend your knees in to your chest and lift your feet of the
floor pulling your hips backward as you do so. Pause at this
point do not immediately attempt to raise your knees higher.
- Then, keeping your knees bent, lift them up toward the
ceiling, using your abdominal muscles.
- Now slowly straighten your legs. You will feel most of the
body's weight on the forearms. To come down, reverse steps 5, 6
and 7. Rest in the Child's pose for at least six deep breaths.
People with high BP, glaucoma or a detached retina should avoid
Preferably done under supervision.