How To Do Shirasasana Headstand Pose & Benefits
How This Helps
Benefits of Shirasasana (Head Stand):
This exercise infuses oxygen pregnant blood into the
central nervous system. As a result, brain cells are invigorated, waste cleaned , and removed. The oxygen stabilizes the brain’s metabolic activity. Therefore,
this exercise is good for behavioral and psychological development.
Ø The eyes, eye muscles, retinal nerves are flushed with
oxygen impregnated blood. Hence, very good for the health of the eye.
Ø This asana energizes the pituitary glands,
hypothalamus, and thalamus which controls the functioning of testes in men and
all the endocrine organs such as the thyroid and adrenaline glands.
Ø The downward force of blood also helps in infusing
blood to the ears, eyes, mucous tissues, and salivary glands. The throat
breathing balances ear pressure.
Ø Good for maintaining body fat balance since the pituitary
also regulates the balance between water and salt in body fluids through the
Ø Also, the downward pressure of the colon contents
increases peristalsis and cures constipation. The cartilage gets strengthened
because of reverse pressure on the spine.
Technique: (Should be learned under
Ø Spread a thick cloth pad against a wall. Kneeling in
front of the pad, bend forward and place hands on the spread to form a “V” at
an angle of approximately 60 degrees. The palms should be turned facing the
body with fingers interlaced.
Ø Place the top of the head firmly on the pad in the
cradle of the interlaced hands so that the palms support the back of the head.
Ø Slowly lift the knees and move legs up so that the
torso rises till it is vertical with the head. Leveraging with elbows, shoulder
and lower back muscles, lift off the ground smoothly.
Ø As the torso rises, keep knees together. Get into an
upside down position.
Ø Stabilise position and straighten the legs. After
sufficient practice one could begin doing this exercise away from a wall. In
this case after lifting the legs off the ground, fold them at the knees square
to the body for balance.
Ø The body should be held straight in the final
position. Maintain normal breathing. Focus on the movement of breath at the
Ø Start with 10 secs. initially. Normal cycle is 3 to 20
minutes. Descend in reverse order, slowly.
Do not do this exercise if one has high BP, cervical
spondylitis, hernia or renal disease etc.
Do not relax the abdomen. It can cause the walls to collapse
and tearing of the inguinal hernia.
Needless to say, this asana will also benefit the thyroid.
Indeed, this asana is indispensable for bringing balance to the endocrine
Benefits of Shirasasana (Head Stand)
What is the Shirasasana or Head Stand pose? The word Sarvangasana in Sanskrit translates to "all limbs pose." The pose is generally referred to as Shoulderstand because your body weight hinges on the top outer sides of your shoulders. Blankets for the shoulders make it feasible for the neck to be complementary to lengthen and obtain a mild stretch while the rest of the body lifts directly in one line. The blankets likewise prevent you from taxing the fragile vertebrae in your neck. Without this propping, the pressure can, in time, squash the neck's all-natural curve.
There are many health benefits of Shirasasana (Head Stand):
Ø Owing to the upside-down pose, blood supply aided by gravity hurries down. The neck lock makes certain that the blood circulates around the organs in the region, mostly the thyroid, parathyroid, and larynx. The inverted pose likewise raises blood supply to the brain stem, which regulates vital functions such as breathing, sleep, heart rate, eating, and working of cranial nerves. For that reason, this asana can support all therapies connecting to the brain stem.
Ø This asana provides fresh oxygenated blood to the thyroid and parathyroid glands located at the base of the neck on both sides of the windpipe. This is necessary because, thyroid manages the speed of chemical reactions in the body, influencing elements such as the rate of growth and the growth of sex-related hormones. Likewise, a faulty thyroid might lead to goiter and cretinism in children. Parathyroid likewise regulates the use of calcium and also phosphorus in the body. Consequently, this asana is very helpful for rejuvenating all these associated locations.
Ø The upside-down pose pushes intestines versus diaphragm and sets up peristalsis. Consequently, this assists in healing constipation.
Ø This asana aids in balancing all metabolic activity as well as boosts resistance to illness.
Ø The parathyroid is important in controlling calcium. Therefore, this asana is necessary for managing the health and wellness of the parathyroid and kidneys, which regulate the electrolyte equilibrium.
Ø This asana is superb for individuals with lung disorders such as bronchial asthma or emphysema and nasal allergies. It boosts resistance to allergies and blood supply to the lungs and heart.
Ø Also, the downward pressure of the colon contents increases peristalsis and cures constipation. The cartilage gets strengthened because of reverse pressure on the spine.
Precautions for Shirasasana (Head Stand)
This technique should be learned ONLY under expert supervision.
Ø If you have any form of backache, do not try this asana without sufficient supervision and assistance. Beginners should learn this asana under the guidance of an experienced yoga teacher. The reason is that the whole body is upended to balance the shoulder and the rear of the head. For that reason, any loss in equilibrium can trigger severe damage to the neck.
Ø An experienced yoga teacher can support the back and the legs. This assistance must be slowly withdrawn as the person gets confident with more practice.
Ø People with heart disease, back problems, and circulatory conditions should not attempt the last placement.
This asana ought to not to be done by individuals having neck ailments like cervical spondylitis. Those with high blood pressure need to begin this exercise only after getting efficiency in various other asanas and increase the intensity of the method slowly, under the assistance of a physician. Do not practice this yoga asana if you have arthritis, cervical spondylosis, kidney ailments, hernia, or any medical condition.
Ø Do not do this asana during the late phases of pregnancy.
Ø Many individuals worry about a gap in the neck on the ground during neck lock. The natural arc of the cervical portion of the neck is sustained by a wide range of minor muscles. Also, these muscular tissues will be tight originally and will kick back with technique. Consequently, in time, the neck will flex to its natural setting. Positioning arch supports below the neck could obstruct this process.
Ø Do not do this exercise if one has high Blood pressure, cervical spondylitis, hernia or renal disease, etc.
Ø Do not relax the abdomen. It can cause the walls to collapse and tearing of the inguinal hernia.