Salamba Sirsasana

Salamba Sirsasana, also known as Headstand, is an advanced yoga pose that requires a strong core, upper body strength, and balance.

Here’s how to perform Salamba Sirsasana:

  1. Start by kneeling on your mat with your forearms on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Interlace your fingers and place your hands on the mat, forming a triangle shape with your forearms and hands.
  3. Place the crown of your head on the mat, so that the back of your head is cradled in your interlaced fingers.
  4. Lift your hips up and walk your feet closer to your body, so that your hips are directly over your shoulders.
  5. Engage your core and slowly lift your legs up, one at a time, until both legs are extended straight up towards the ceiling.
  6. Hold the pose for several breaths, keeping your core engaged and your gaze focused on a point on the floor.
  7. To come out of the pose, slowly lower your legs back down to the mat and release your interlaced fingers.

Here are some of the benefits of practicing Salamba Sirsasana:

  1. Enhances cognitive function: SalambaSirsasana improves blood flow to the brain, which increases cognitive function and helps to clear the mind.
  2. Reduces stress and anxiety: This pose helps to calm the nervous system, reduce stress, and alleviate anxiety.
  3. Improves digestion: Headstand stimulates the digestive system and increases blood flow to the stomach, aiding in digestion.
  4. Boosts the immune system: Inverting the body stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps to remove toxins and waste products from the body, thus boosting the immune system.
  5. Strengthens the upper body: Headstand strengthens the shoulders, arms, and upper back muscles, which help to support the body in the pose.
  6. Improves balance and stability: This pose improves balance and stability by engaging the core muscles and strengthening the muscles of the neck and upper back.
  7. Relieves menstrual and menopausal symptoms: Headstand can help to relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms by improving circulation to the reproductive organs.