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The headstand pose, also known as the Sirsasana, may seem like a “fun to try” yoga pose at first, but once you are engaging in it, you come to realize that there is a lot of practice and technique which goes into doing a headstand pose. While it has numerous benefits for our body, the headstand pose requires practice and determination. Sounds intimidating? These tips should get you started.
What are the benefits of the headstand pose?
Increases your concentration span
When doing the headstand pose, you ensure that the blood circulation to your brain increases. This in turn helps to sharpen your mind and improve your ability to concentrate.
Reduces anxiety and stress
The headstand pose makes you more aware of your inner body functions. You automatically become more aware of yourself and this has a calming effect on the body. As one practices the headstand pose regularly, the levels of stress and anxiety also decrease.
Increases blood circulation
The headstand pose improves the blood circulation and also sends more oxygen to the head. Thus, indirectly, this pose can help one to maintain good eyesight as well.
Decreases the chances of hair fall
This is also related to the improved blood circulation. The way this works is that with an increased amount of blood and oxygen reaching your head, the flow of nutrients also increases. This is beneficial for the scalp and your hair follicles. As a result, regular practice of the headstand pose may reduce hair fall and also help you to achieve better textured hair.
Provides relief from edema
By doing the headstand pose; the water collected in the different tissues of the body can be flushed out. Hence, this pose is very helpful for those who are suffering from edema.
Helps with the balance and posture
The headstand pose is a strenuous core workout. It not only helps your body maintain a better sense of balance, but also helps in improving posture. It also strengthens the shoulder muscles.
How to do the headstand pose
1. Start practicing the head stands poses against the wall. As you grow more proficient at doing this, you won’t need the support of the wall.
2. Spread your yoga mat adjacent to the wall.
3. Create a cup like structure by interlocking your fingers. Now bend and place your head in the cup such that your crown is pressed against the palms of your hand.
4. Begin lifting your knees from the floor while pulling the toes towards the head. Lift your legs as well.
5. Make sure you do these steps slowly so don’t you do not lose your balance.
6. Once you feel sufficiently balanced, raise your legs upwards from the floor.
7. Keep your back straight and once you have straightened your legs completely, close your eyes and practice your breathing.
8. Hold the position for 10 seconds or longer.
9. Resume your original position slowly by flexing your knees and sliding them down.
Precaution while doing the headstand pose
The headstand pose must be avoided if you have one of the following conditions:
• Kidney problems
• Spine problems
• High blood pressure
If you experience dizziness and headaches, then you must stop doing this yoga pose for a while or do it for shorter durations. It is recommended that this yoga pose is done after performing the other asanas. While the headstand pose has much to offer, if you are beginner, then do this under the supervision of an expert to get better at it every day.
Written by –
Dr. Rachita Narsaria