Hatha Yoga

    The Headstand - Shirshasana

    sirshasana - the headstand

    Introduction

    Sirshasana is the first of the 12 basic postures of hatha yoga. It is said to be the most important of all. It has earned the nickname: king of asanas. Its benefits are numerous.

    Since the yogi is standing on the head, more weight tends to rest on the neck and to counteract this tendency, it is important to follow the proper technique.

    Physical Benefits

    Energetic (Pranic) Benefits

    Mental Benefits

    Spiritual Benefits

    childs pose

    Technique

    After an initial child's pose there are eight steps to carefully follow in order to practice the headstand properly:

    headstand step 1

    headstand step 2

    Come back into the child's pose slowly and with control retracing the steps in reverse order. Take three to five deep breaths and relax on your back.

    Do not use the wall at any time as this could be dangerous in case of a fall and would allow you to hold the posture longer than your body is ready for.

    headstand step 3

    headstand step 5

    Contra-indications

    It is recommended not to do the headstand if you have high or low blood pressure, glaucoma or other eye disease, or any neck problems. Consult your doctor or chiropractor before practicing.

    headstand step 7

    The headstand is part of the basic yoga class.

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