Headstand (Sirshasana)

Headstand - Sirshasana - Yoga Pose Guide

Headstand (Sirshasana) is considered to be the “king” of all yoga poses due to its numerous benefits. It increases blood flow to the brain, helps relieve anxiety, prevents headaches and migraines, and boosts memory.

It is beneficial for asthma, diabetes and hayfever. It benefits the spine and the abdominal organs.

It helps to open the sahasrara (crown) chakra, developing qualities of concentration, balance and harmony within the practitioner.

Headstand- How To

The headstand is a yoga pose that some guys get anxious about but all it takes is a little bit of practice and your confidence will quickly develop.

1 Come onto your knees and bring your heels together.

2 Place your hands and forearms on the floor in front of you, then grasp your elbows with the opposite hands.

3 Keeping your elbows in place interlock your fingers, opening your palms to create a “bowl”. Place your head in your hands, feeling the front of the top of your head resting on the floor.

4 Do not move your head or arms until out of the pose.

5 Raise your bottom and keeping your legs straight, walk towards your trunk. Your bottom will get higher as you do so.

6 Walk until you feel that your spine is straight and your centre of gravity is over your head.

7 Bend your knees and find your balance, then straighten your legs above your head.

To come out of the pose, bend your knees, place your feet on the floor, then walk back. Come onto your knees, release your head for your hands and spend a few moments in child pose


Do not practice if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, chronnic cattarh, cronic constipation, kidney problems, impure blood, weak eye blood vessels, conjunctivitis, chronic glaucoma, blood haemorrhage in the head, or during a migraine.

Apart from that, feel free to give it a try.

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