Can you kindly send me technique for Sirsasana ( headstand ) for beginner?

(May 25, 2012)

Sirsasana or headstand is considered one of the most powerful asanas in yoga. Initially, it would be better to take the help of your yoga instructor until you perfect the posture. Placing a rolled up yoga mat or folded blanket under your head may also help with the extra padding. Most beginners also do the headstand against a wall for added security.

  1. To begin the Sirsasana, fold your legs under you and remain seated on the heels of your feet. Keep your neck, spine and head in one line and breathe deeply and calmly.
  2. Interlock your fingers and place your hands on the mat in front of your with the palms facing upwards.
  3. Keep your elbows shoulder width apart and place the top of your head in between the cupped interlaced fingers.
  4. Raise your hips and move your feet towards the head by taking small steps. Continue doing this until your hips are over your shoulders.
  5. Bend your knees and bring them to your chest. As a beginner it may be easier to do this one leg at a time.
  6. Lift both feet off the floor until they are in a straight line above your hips.
  7. Keep your back straight and breathe deeply.
  8. All the pressure should be on your forearms and not your head or neck.
  9. Hold for ten to fifteen seconds.
  10. Slowly bend the knees and place one leg on the floor. Bring the other leg down.
  11. Do not get out of the headstand pose immediately as this may cause dizziness.

Submitted by S C on May 25, 2012 at 06:32

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