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The Benefits of Sirsasana 1 or Headstand

Aug 13, 2019

Previously we gave you some useful tips to make inverted postures. Today we would like to dwell on what is perhaps one of the most emblematic asanas: Salamba Sirsasana I, the posture on the head, known as "The King of asanas".

PPresentation of Salamba Sirsasana

It is one of the main Yoga postures within the inverted postures. It is usually practiced at the end of the asana sequence. It has a great effect both physically and mentally. Etymologically, salamba means “with support, support” and sirsa “head”, so we are talking about a supported headstand. This is a detail to keep in mind, since during Sirsasana, most of the weight of the body will fall on the forearms, not on the head. With time and years of practice, the weight will go more towards the crown of the head, until one day you can raise your arms and be in headstand. What are the benefits of this posture?

BBenefits of Sirsasana 1

It is one of the most important in the practice of Yoga, and this is due to the many benefits it brings us.
Physical benefits
Helps reduce fluid retention in the legs by stimulating the lymphatic system Build abdominal strength Strengthens lungs and arms Tones the cervical area and back

Relieves pain in the lower back. Why? Because the pressure of the lumbar and sacral areas is relieved.

Regulates the endocrine system. In what way? Increases blood supply to the pituitary and pineal glands, which aids circulation in different forms of glandular and nervous system disorders. It tones the lungs and promotes slower and deeper breathing. Why? Because people who practice it regularly tend to have low rates of breathing and heartbeat per minute. This indicates that the respiratory and circulatory systems are strong and flexible. Calms the nervous system How? Inverting the body promotes deeper breathing, increasing the amount of oxygen in the brain and throughout the nervous system. It stimulates the heart and circulation. Why? By inverting the body and keeping it in a straight line, the force of gravity is counteracted. Normally the heart needs to pump blood with very little effort to reach the feet, with this inverted posture gravity helps blood flow easily back to the heart. Improves balance The constant practice of Sirsasana helps to achieve serenity and stability, both mentally and physically. Balance plays a fundamental role in investments, and is achieved through control and concentration. In the case of Sirsasana, we can say that it requires great control and alignment of the hips, abdominal muscles, legs, and the entire body in general. All parts of the body are activated and work together to achieve stability in this asana.
mental benefits
Increases brainpower and memory Improves the ability to concentrate and attention With the regular practice of Sirsasana, more oxygenated blood reaches the brain so that this posture allows you to keep your mind clear.
More information about the posture and about other asanas in the Yoga Cards: a deck of cards in which appears, on the one hand, the asanas or Yoga postures, and on the back, the benefits and contraindications of each asana.
on a spiritual level
Being an inversion posture, it stimulates the flow of blood and prana to the head, facilitating the opening of the Sahasrara chakra, the center of wisdom and spirituality. In addition, it generates a direct connection of the head with the earth, which helps us to release tension, relieve the stress generated day by day and revitalize our vital energy.

Precautions and contraindications

You should not perform this asana if you suffer from:
  • High or low blood pressure, or a heart condition
  • Glaucoma
  • Cervical, back or spinal injuries
  • Headache
  • It is also not recommended to do it during the first days of menstruation.

Variations

There are many variations of Sirsasana. Most consist of leg position variations
  • Bring soles of feet together, knees out
  • Assume the Garudasana leg position or eagle pose
  • Legs in Lotus position etc.
Tips for beginners You can place your feet on a wall with your legs at a 90-degree angle, your head and arms on the floor, and the wall as a support. It is advisable to start doing this posture with the supervision of an instructor who can make sure that you do it correctly. In this way, the risk of injuring the neck is minimized. The most important thing about practicing Yoga is that you enjoy the path and the learning that it entails. And never forget to breathe. Breathing is the only thing that has the ability to keep you stable and comfortable in a pose. Make your practice a deep and fun journey. Because Yoga is also an attitude towards life. Happy day and happy practice with YogaYe!

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