Yoga Pose Breakdown: Salamba Sirsasana - Supported Headstand

Sanskrit Name: Salamba Sirsasana (sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna)
Salamba = With Support (sa = with)
Alamba = Support
Sirsa = Head
Asana = Pose

Get Started:

  • Come to kneeling
  • Interlace your fingers and draw your forearms together, elbows shoulder-width distance apart
  • Roll your upper arms slightly out to the sides, while pressing your wrists into the mat 
  • Create a basket with your hands and draw the crown of your head to the ground
  • Release your pinky fingers toward the mat or keep your fingers completely interlaced
  • Lift your hips and walk your feet toward your head
  • Extend your hips high and engage your thighs and belly
  • Firm your shoulder blades and lengthen your spine as much as possible
  • Lift both legs up straight or bend your knees and draw them toward your hips first
  • Raise your knees or legs perpendicular to the floor and firm the tailbone into the pelvis
  • Keep the body engaged and slowly straighten your knees 
  • Press through the four corners of the feet as if you were to stand on the ceiling
  • To come out, engage your core and fire up your legs. Come down slowly

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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