Health Benefits of Shirshasana, Head Stand Yoga Pose

Headstand Yoga Pose (Shirshasana) Benefits and Steps

In Sanskrit “Shirsha” means “head” and “asana” means “pose”, so this pose is called as shirshasana or headstand yoga pose. Regular practice of shirshasana beneficial to improve blood circulation in the brain, memory power and concentration.

Headstand Yoga Pose Steps

  1. Sit in vajrasana pose.
  2. Interlock the fingers of the hands and place your head on the floor in front of the knees.
  3. Support your head with the help of clasped hands.
  4. Now while inhaling, slowly raise your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor.
  5. Keep your back and legs straight. You can take the support of the wall to practice shirshasana in the beginning.
  6. Now hold this position for some time (15 -30 seconds) in the beginning. Breathe slowly and relax. After a good practice, your can increase duration. But should not hold this position more than 10 minutes.
  7. Now release this position by bending your knees and lowering one leg, then another to come in starting position, vajrasana.
  8. Repeat this cycle for 4-6 times.

Headstand Yoga Pose Benefits

  1. Improves blood circulation in the brain.
  2. Releases stress, anger, anxiety, fatigue, and tension.
  3. Improves concentration and memory power.
  4. Regulate and stimulate the body system.
  5. Helpful to cure and prevent asthma, menopausal imbalance fear, headache, and migraine.
  6. Improves mental and physical balance.
  7. Stimulates and improve the function of pituitary, the pineal, the thyroid, and the parathyroid glands.
  8. Stop hair loss and promotes hair growth.
  9. Increase one’s vitality.
  10. Release pressure in the lower back.

Precautions for Headstand Yoga Pose

  1. High or low blood pressure or chronic constipation patient should not practice Shirshasana.
  2. If suffering from an eye disease or neck problem, kidney problems, ear problems, cervical spine, should consult a doctor.
  3. Women should not practice headstand yoga pose during periods and pregnancy.
  4. Should not practice during a headache, and migraine.
  5. Always practice under an expert guidance to avoid other complications.

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