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Yoga Asana – The Head Stand Posture

This is probably the most popular postures of yoga. It is one posture that is most widely used to depict asanas. The Sanskrit word for the Head Stand posture is Sirsha Asana which is simply translated into the head posture. This posture is a fairly difficult one and does require some practice to master.

This posture is performed in the following way:

This posture is very difficult for the beginners; therefore we will explain it in two stages. Please, try the second stage only after you have mastered the first one.

Stage 1

  1. While practicing this posture for the first few times, place your mat on the floor in a corner as it will give you the required support if you fall down while doing the headstand. Kneel on the mat with your body facing the corner. Close your hands and interlock your fingers and place them on the corner near the walls.
  2. Then, lean forward and put the upper region of your head in the inner part of interlocked palms. Now, straighten your legs and lift your buttocks region upwards in a way that your whole body makes an arch with only your toes and upper side of the head in the inner side of the palms touching the ground.
  3. Now, slowly lift your left leg in the air and put it against the corner of the wall. You can take the help of someone in doing this.
  4. Then, do the same with your right leg also and stay in this position for about a quarter of a minute. You should remain calm and relaxed during this period. Your breathing should also be calm and relaxed.
  5. Now, bring the left leg back to the floor followed by the right one. You can take someone’s help here also. Make sure that both your legs don’t come down at the same time as that can put strain on your spine and neck muscles.

Stage 2

In this stage, you should start to perform the posture without the help of the corner of the wall. Rest of the technique remains the same with only difference that now, instead of putting the weight of your legs on the wall, you take it all on your head.

This asana increases the flow of blood to the brain which stimulates our brain much better. Practicing this asana increases our memory and brain power which in turn increases our confidence in ourselves. This posture has also been proved to cure ailments like insomnia, tension, headaches, liver problems, fatigue etc. It has also been found to be very helpful for the patients of asthma, constipation and general eyes and nose problems.

Headstand is also very effective in curing baldness as it increases the blood circulation in the scalp which stimulates hair growth. Beside these, this posture gives many benefits to our various muscles, bones and internal organs. Because of all these benefits, this posture is often called the ‘king of asanas.’

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