The headstand is a major pose in yoga. It is necessary to build the muscles in the spine and neck before attempting this pose.

For a good headstand one must understand the art of simply standing. See the fundamentals of standing yoga poses.

The Headstand can be entered from a number of different poses. Some of the easiest are The Child Pose, Cat Tilt and Downward Dog.

From the Child pose clasp the hands together interlocking the fingers. Keep the elbows shoulder width apart if possible. (They have a tendency to open.)

Benefits Of Sirsasana :

Iyengar calls headstand “the king of all asana” because it has so many benefits. It improves circulation, is good for digestion, improves concentration and prepares the mind for meditation. Headstand also tones and strengthens the entire body and brings a feeling of well being to the practitioner. By turning the body upside down, any fluid that is retained in the feet is able to drain (edema) and it is also good for reducing varicose veins. Inverting gives the heart a chance to not work quite so hard, allowing the heart rate to slow.

Duration For Sirsasana

At initial stage sirsasana yoga exercise should be performed for 15 seconds. After gaining expertise it can be extended to as much as 30 minutes. Performing for longer duration needs supervision of a trained yoga teacher or at yoga training center.

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