The 100th pose in 'Yoga Pose for the Day' is Headstand, which is called the King of all Yoga Poses. Headstand is called Sirsasana in Sanskrit. 'Sirasa' means 'head'. Headstand and Shoulder Stand are the King and Queen of all yoga poses respectively.
(To learn about Shoulder Stand, the Queen of all Yoga Poses, visit this page).
Performed against gravity, Headstand offers amazing health benefits. The pose promotes blood flow to brain and supports brain health; stimulates sahasrara, guru and ajna chakras thereby promoting brain function and strengthens nervous system. For most of the yogic practitioners, a yoga session is never complete without Headstand.
Other Benefits of Headstand
- It boosts blood flow to brain
- The pose strengthens the spine.
- Strengthens back muscles
- Strengthens the nervous system
- Boosts immune function
- Supports hormone functions
- Strengthens shoulders and hands
- Promotes lung health; relieves respiratory conditions including asthma and sinusitis
- Promotes deep breathing
- Improves heart function
- Strengthens abdominal muscles
- Improves functions of abdominal organs
- Improves digestion
- It helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Cures menstrual disorders
- Boosts functions of reproductive organs
- Energizes the whole body
- Relieves migraine and other types of headaches
- It is an effective yoga pose for insomnia
- Improves eyesight
- Strengthens legs; relieves swelling in legs
- Cures varicose veins
- Supports hair growth; postpones graying of hair
- Improves focus
- Promotes clarity
- Improves memory
- Practicing the pose helps to relieve stress.
- Promotes calm
Here is how to do Headstand.
- Go on fours. Your wrists should be aligned to your shoulders and your knees aligned to your hips.
- Bend your hands and place your forearms on the floor. Interlock your fingers with the palms facing your side.
- Place your crown on the floor between your palms. Now, the back of your head will be close to your palms.
- Inhale as you raise your knees off the floor.
- Exhale as you walk towards your elbows. Now, your body will resemble the alphabet 'V' in inverted shape.
- Walk further towards your elbows till your back is straight. Ensure your body weight is distributed between your forearms and head and not entirely on head.
- Slowly raise your right leg off the floor, bend it and bring the folded leg up to hip height. Now, bend and bring the left leg close to your right leg. Slowly lift your legs up towards the ceiling till they are aligned to your body.
- During initial practice, hold the pose for few seconds. Increase the duration gradually over the next few weeks up to 5 minutes. Those who have been practicing Headstand for many years can perform the pose for 30 minutes.
- To release the pose, lower your right leg to your hip height bending the leg as you lower and follow it with left leg. Now, gently place the right leg on the floor again following it with left leg.
- Lower your hips and assume Child Pose for a few seconds.
Beginners and those with over weight should strictly refrain from practicing Headstand.
Place a folded blanket under the head to perform the pose. During initial practices, you can place your back against a wall to perform the pose. However, do not let the entire body weight on the wall.
Those with severe neck, spine, hip and joint conditions should strictly refrain from practicing Headstand. The pose is also not recommended to those with high blood pressure, heart conditions, glaucoma, hernia and kidney conditions.
Yoga Pose for the Day ends today with the 100th pose. In the coming days, we will upload posts on yoga poses for various health conditions and naturally you will be seeing more posts on herbal remedies, chakras and mudras.
To all who showed keen interest in Yoga Pose for the Day and performed yoga poses with dedication, here is wishing you the very best while thanking you for your continued interest.
Half Headstand, as the name suggests is a half-state Headstand. The pose is also referred to as Upward Facing Staff Pose as it resembles Staff Pose in reverse. Half Headstand is called as Ardha Sirsasana in Sanskrit. 'Ardha' means 'half' and 'siras' means 'head'.
In Sanskrit, 'tri' means 'three', 'anga' means 'body parts', 'mukha' means 'face', 'eka' means 'one', 'pada' means 'foot', 'paschima' means 'west', 'uthana' means 'intensive stretching'.