Turning the whole world topsy-turvy, comes the asana that is called the ‘King of Asanas’ -Sirsasana, popularly called the “Headstand” is an inversion. It benefits every system of the body and is a morale booster, once you learn to stay up in the posture.
What makes Sirsasana so special?
In the words of Swami Sivananda, author of Yoga asanas,
As we balance on the cranium, the asana nourishes the head with oxygen and blood which balances the Sahasrara (Crown chakra). This leads to relaxing your mind and releases all the stress. An active Sahasrara Chakra unifies the human mind with the higher self and takes us beyond the existence of space and time. This chakra is associated with wisdom, enlightenment and transcendence.
Benefits of Sirsasana
- The most obvious benefit is the increase in blood flow. Extra oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the head means oxygen supply to the brain, more nutrient flow to the scalp and it balances the functioning of brain.
- The heart works against gravity; inverting your entire body lessens the strain on your heart, and allows a plentiful supply of oxygen-rich blood to reach your head and brain. When you flip onto your head you will be directly stimulating your lymphatic system and thereby helping to remove toxins from your body.
- Headstand is known as a cooling posture, meaning that it helps you to draw your attention inwards. It squeezes the adrenal glands, which are responsible for the production of those so-called stress hormones. This posture is extremely helpful if you are having anxiety, stress, fear or otherwise worrisome thoughts.
- When you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on your digestive organs, you will help to move stuck material, release trapped gases, as well as improve blood flow to the all important digestive organs — increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells.
- This is an awesome posture for improving upper body strength and muscular endurance.
In case of severe neck and shoulder pain. Avoid immediately after aerobic activity. Women should give it a miss during their menstruation cycle.
Engage your core, thighs and stretch the legs and toes.
This posture is about releasing your mental blocks and taking a leap of faith (literally). Practice patience and perseverance; and very soon you’ll see the world upside down.