In ancient yogic texts, Sheershasana is described as the king of all asanas due to its amazing physical, psychological and mental health effects on the body. Sheershasana influence each and every single part of your body and makes you strong for advanced yoga poses.
Sheershasanais derived from two Sanskrit Words:
‘Sheersha’ means ‘head’ and
‘Asana’ means ‘Posture’.
The weight of the whole body is balanced on the head, hence it is called Headstand Pose. It is also known as ‘Kapaliasana’, ’Vrukshasana’ and ‘Viparitakarani’.
Four Stages in figures (preparation) have been given below for better guidance to an aspirant to practice this asana with ease.
The technique of Headstand Pose in this article is described well enough for practicing intermediate yoga practitioners.
01: Spread a yoga mat or cloth on the floor and rest your knees on the mat.
02: Interlock your fingers and move your body forward placing the forearms on the mat. Spread the elbows slightly more than shoulder-width apart, forming an equilateral triangle.
03: Create a bowl with your hands that will hold your head. Place the top of your head in the space between your palms. Gently press your hand against your head to get a firm grip.
03: Extend both of your legs and raise your buttocks in the air. Keep your knees and legs straight.
04: Slowly walk your feet towards your hands until the head, neck and back from a straight line and are perpendicular to the ground. Your upper body should be completely vertical.
05: Slightly lift your feet off the mat and slowly bend your knees. Pull each knee in to your chest and keep your toes pointed up. To maintain your body balance, focus on pushing through your back and shoulder into the ground.
06: Slowly raise your legs either one by one or together, towards the ceiling. Straighten your legs and keeps your toes pointed up and maintain your body balance. This is the final position.
07: Hold the pose for as long as it feels comfortable, breathing normally.
Practice Sheershasana once for the duration of 3-5 minutes, though 10-30 seconds are enough if you are a beginner.
Release the pose
To come out of the pose, slowly bend your knees. Lower your legs carefully to the ground while maintaining the balance. Stay in kneeling position for a while and then lift the head to return back to the starting position. Relax the body
01: Sheershasana should be practiced only on an empty stomach. If time permits, perform Sheershasana twice a day, morning and evening. Practice it very slowly without jerks
02: While standing on the head, breathe slowly. Breathe through the nose and never through the mouth
03: A beginner should take the help of someone to keep the legs steady and straight or take the support of a wall for the practice of Sheershasana
04: Sheershasana should not be practiced for longer time in summer. In winter, one can spare as much time as possible for the practice of Sheershasana. It matters little if an aspirant keeps his eyes open or closed while practicing Sheershasana. But if the duration for the practice of Sheershasana is long, it is better to keep the eyes closed. This will enable one to meditate
05: Sheershasana should invariable be followed by Savasana for rest
Benefits of Sheershasana
- Increases the blood circulation in the brain and upper part of the body.
- Regulates irregular menstruation and keep reproductive organs healthy.
- Tones abdominal muscles and Improves digestion.
- Improves the functioning of the brain and relax the mind.
- Increases memory power and improves concentration.
- Reduces mental and emotional stress and anxiety.
- Regulates the functioning of all the systems of the body.
- Reverse blood circulation keeps the eyesight healthy as well as ears and tonsils.
- The reverse flow of blood leads to tissue regeneration in the lower part of the body.
- Strengthens the arms, legs, spine and the lungs
- Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
- Moves stagnant blood from the lower part of the body such as the abdomen, legs and reproductive organs.
Precautions for Sheershasana
Avoid practicing Sheershasana if you suffer from any of this condition:
- Frequent headaches,
- High blood pressure,
- Low blood pressure,
- Neck problem,
- Back problem,
- Heart problems,
- Weak eye blood vessels,
- Kidney problems and other conditions such as: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, Catarrh, Conjunctivitis, Migraine, Glaucoma
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