(THE KING OF ALL ASANAS) SALAMBA SIRSASANA or
The Supported Headstand is a pose in yoga that is most suited for a person who has reached the Intermediate level in yoga. The term ‘Salamba Sirsasana’ is made up of two Sanskrit words. ‘Salamba’ Which means ‘with support’ and ‘Sirsa’ which means head.
Benefits of Headstand – (Salamba Sirsasana):
Recently a student asked why I liked doing the headstand. I am never good at the spur of the moment answers to think of all the benefits, but what came to mind immediately was confidence. I always feel more confident in myself after
coming down from Headstand. There are of course many other benefits. Mr Iyengar says that Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) gives one balance and poise, both physically and mentally.
This pose is called the king of all Asanas. In Light on Yoga, Mr Iyengar describes how the skull encases the brain, which controls the nervous system and the organs of sense. The brain is the seat of intelligence, knowledge,
discrimination, wisdom and power. Inversions help to support the body and clear the mind. Turning ourselves upside down allows for more blood to flow to the brain cells, rejuvenating them, increasing our thinking power and
Clarifying our thoughts. Proper blood supply to the mind helps to balance the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain. The circulatory system also benefits from this pose helping people to resist getting colds, coughs, tonsillitis cures halitosis, decreases palpitations and increases warmth to the body.
The digestive system improves with this posture and can help those who suffer from constipation when done along with Salamba Sarvangasana ( supported shoulder stand). So although inversions like headstand can be a bit intimidating they are famous poses that can have a significant effect on our well-being when done with proper alignment and care.
Cautions: Do not practice this pose if you have
high blood pressure, cervical spondylosis,
A backache, headache, during menstruation or
pregnancy. Do not start with this pose if you
have low blood pressure.
Health Benefits Of Shirshasana (Headstand) yoga
Health benefits of headstand
The headstand increases circulation of blood to the brain, which causes improved brain function (intelligence and memory) and increased vitality and confidence.
It promotes many ailments,such as nervousness, tension, fatigue, sleeplessness, dullness, fear, poor blood circulation, bad memory, asthma, headaches, constipation ,congested throat, liver or spleen, for female disorders, the initial stages of eye and nose troubles,and general lack of energy,vitality or self-confidence.
It stimulates four most important endocrine glands-pituitary, the pineal, the thyroid, and the parathyroid glands that handle our very existence, for they keep the body mechanism in good working order. The pituitary gland is called the master gland of the body.As a consequence, the practice of the headstand helps us to get relief from many of our troubles, physical as well as mental, or to prevent them. It has a very beneficial effect on the whole body.
It promotes hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp.
It helps to put the spine into correct alignment.
It restores the position of vital organs by reversing gravity.
The quality of sleep improved. Poor sleep is often due to an excess of nerve impulses from the reticular formation to the cerebral cortex in the brain. The headstand causes an increase in circulation to the neck, Which stimulates the baroreceptors in the neck. This calms the reticular formation down, causing reduced nerve impulses to the cerebral cortex. This results in a peaceful, deep sleep.
Because of this enormous health benefits of the headstand, the yogis often call it as the king of the asanas.