Headstand (Shirshasana) Yoga Pose

by | Jun 13, 2020 | Yoga Poses

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Reviewed by  Dr. Andrew Grover,  CPT

Benefits 

  • It stimulates the functioning of pineal, hypothalamus, and pituitary glands and helps to the secret Growth hormone which is responsible for Height.  
  • It strengthens muscles of the back, shoulders, and arm. 

How to do 

  • Sit in Vajrasana. Clasp the fingers behind the head and support the back of the head with the clasped hands.  
  • The forearms rest on the floor and the elbows form an equilateral triangle with the head. 
  • Lift the hips and straighten the legs. Concentrate on the balance of the body.  
  • Keeping the back straight bring the heels towards the buttocks.  
  • Finally, straighten the legs fully upright and allow the feet to remain relaxed.  
  • Hold the posture as long as possible, but not more than five minutes. 

Tips 

  • If you are a beginner, try to do this pose against the wall with its support. 
  • Move into the well-supported position with the head off the floor, then lower it lightly onto the floor. Support 90 to 95 percent of your weight on your shoulders and arms, even if it means staying for only a few seconds.  

Warnings 

Avoid during menstruation and when there is high blood pressure, dizziness, cerebrovascular disorders, glaucoma, or problems of the cervical spine. 

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