Sirsasana | Headstand Pose | Shirshasana Steps and 8 benefit


            Sirsasana is also known as "Headstand Pose". Sirsasana is the balancing yoga pose. In Asian countries Sirsasana is also called as "Shirshasana". Sirsasana is the combination of 3 Sanskrit words, 'Sir' + 'Sa' + 'Asana'. Where, Sir means 'Head', Sa means 'Stand', and Asana means 'Pose'.

Yoga girl doing Sirsasana | Headstand Pose | Shirshasana Yoga Pose on the beach

                                                        Pronunciation - sir-sa-sa-na
                                                        Difficulty level - 3 out of 10.

This is Balancing Pose. Poor balance means restless mind or distracted attention.

How to do Shirshasana?

Yoga Men teaching How to do Shirshasana near beach yoga
How to do Shirshasana

Sirsasana Steps -

  1. Sit in the Vajrasana or Thunderbolt Yoga Pose. Take couple of deep breath and calm your mind. 
  2. Now lean forward in Vajrasana and place your elbow and palms on the floor or Yoga Mat at shoulder - width apart or interlock your fingers of both hands, as shown in below image.

    yoga girl is showing Shirshasana Steps Headstand pose or Sirsasana steps with Interlock fingers
    Shirshasana Steps
  3. Now place top of the head / skull flat on the floor or Yoga Mat.
  4. Now it’s really important to keep your mind calm, while doing this step.
    Slowly lift - up your legs from the floor and straight the knees (not bended).

    Yoga girl is doing Headstand pose step by step Sirsasana
    Headstand Pose
  5. Stay in this pose or Hold this pose for few seconds. 30 seconds are enough for beginner.
    Your breathing must be gentle and at normal depth, while doing this Yoga pose.
  6. Then slowly come to the starting position. Slowly bring your legs to the floor and again seat in Vajrasana. 
  7. If you are new to Yoga and you are unable to balance this yoga pose, just do the same steps only near to wall or anything you can take support.
Note -
  • Your mind MUST be calm while doing Headstand yoga pose or you will lose balance and fall on the ground.
  • If you want to keep continuous balance in Headstand, gentle breathing is the key.
  • For Yoga and Meditation wear something comfortable clothes. Too tight cloths will distract you.
  • Do not practice Yoga on hard surface, it will hurt your skeleton and internal organs too.
         So you must do Yoga on Yoga Mat.

Sirsasana Benefits -

  1. Sirsasana increase blood flow to the head and scalp.
  2. This Yoga pose improves blood flow to the eyes.
  3. This Yoga pose improve digestion and stimulates Lymph system.
  4. Sirsasana yoga pose strengthen your arms and shoulder.
  5. This Yoga pose helps to remove fatigue, laziness and improve focus, concentration.
  6. This Yoga pose helps to cure sinusitis, asthma, and infertility.
  7. Sirsasana stimulate most important glands pineal and pituitary gland.
  8. Sirsasana instantly calms the mind and relieve the Stress.

Precaution of Sirsasana -

  • Those who have High / Low Blood Pressure problem shouldn’t try to do Sirsasana or Headstand pose.
  • If you are Heart patient or have heart problem should avoid doing this Yoga pose.
  • For women, if you are in menstruation period should avoid practicing Sirsasana or Head Stand Yoga pose.
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