Sirsasana (Headstand)

Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practicing and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practitioner.

ASANA

Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)

WHERE

The full extension of this pose is not advised for beginners so variations of the pose can often be found in Hatha classes where preparatory work is being done to build towards the full pose. It is also one of poses in the closing sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series.

BENEFITS

This pose improves balance improves blood circulation, can be used as a meditative pose and is useful in promoting body awareness. It can strengthen the whole body, improve digestion and calm the brain including relieving stress.

CAUTION

Care should be taken around contraindications such as menstruation, low or high blood pressure, or wrist pain. In particular care should be taken with previous neck or back injury.

MEANING

Sa means with. Alamba means support. Sirsa means hea. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is general understood as ‘pose/posture’.