Sanskrit Name: Salamba Sirsasana (sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna)
Salamba = With Support (sa = with)
Alamba = Support
Sirsa = Head
Asana = Pose
Benefits: Supported Headstand strengthens the arms, legs, spine, and lungs while toning the abdominal organs. It stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands, and it also improves digestion. It also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. It calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. It is considered therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis.
Contradictions: You may want to avoid this pose if you have a back injury, headache, heart condition, high blood pressure or a neck injury. If you are menstruating, you may also want to skip this pose. If you have low blood pressure, do not begin practice with this pose. If you are pregnant and already have a headstand practice, you can continue practicing this pose. Do not begin practicing this pose on your own without an experienced teacher if you are new to the practice.
Know Your Asana: B.K.S. Iyengar recommends practicing this pose for five minutes a day.