Sirsasana* or the head stand pose is the most important among inverted asanas. In Sanskrit the word ‘sirsha’ means ‘head’ and ‘asana’ means pose. Like all inverted asanas, Sirsasana reverses the pressure of gravity on the organs helping with many health conditions. It also increases the blood flow to the brain, head and neck region.
This asana should be learned under the guidance of a qualified instructor. To achieve the balance required to keep the body inverted and vertical, do it under the supervision of an instructor or a partner. Some practitioners try this using the support of a wall or other props. In any case, Sirsasana should be learned slowly prevent injury to neck and shoulders by losing balance during the head stand and falling off.
Headstand (sirsasana) yoga posture is linked to many health benefits. Here are some benefits that can be gained by practicing yoga regularly:
1. Reduce blood pressure
Headstand is a good asana for those who suffer from hypertension, as it improves blood flow and reduces blood pressure.
2. Boost Brain function.
Headstand can increase the blood circulation within the brain resulting in the improvement of cognitive functions. Studies show increases oxygen to the brain result in higher brain functions, such as memory, concentration, planning, and decision-making.
3. Relieve Headache & Migraine
Headstand is an effective way of reducing headache as well as migraine by bringing a calming effect and reducing tension.
4. Relieve Anxiety and stress
Anxiety and stress can lead to risk of several diseases, headstand helps to increase blood flow into the brain and calm the mind. Headstand helps generate spiritual energy called ‘ojas’. This ojas enhances the aura, gives health and vitality, makes personality brighter and better resulting is self-confidence.
5. Improves vision
Headstand can directly improve eye sight; it can help prevent cataract, myopia, and astigmatism.
6. Improve memory
Headstand can increase memory power, and other mental related functions. Headstand yoga improves blood flow to the brain cells, this rejuvenates brain cells and increases cognitive ability and improves memory.
7. Increase stamina and flexibility
Headstand increases blood circulation and muscle activity that affects nutrients break down, many internal muscles get stretched. Headstand tones the pituitary gland which is the master gland that influences the functioning of the rest of the endocrine glands.
8. Improves Digestion
Headstand improves blood circulation and gives a massage to the digestive muscle tract which aids in speed up digestion process.
*Disclaimer: Before doing this asana, make sure you are in great condition to do this pose. Do this in yoga class under the supervision of a yoga trainer to avoid injury.