Sirsasana | Headstand Pose | Yoga Health Benefits and Precautions
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Sirsasana | Headstand Pose | Yoga Health Benefits and Precautions

Sirsasana name is derived from the Sanskrit, Sirsa means the head or asana means the yoga pose or posture. It is pronounced like as shir-saa sh naa. It also is known as a Handstand yoga pose. Which is hold great importance in yoga postures. In this asana weight of the whole body is balanced on the head.

Sirsasana named is “King of all asanas” by reason of containing diversified health benefits. But, this yoga pose should be practiced very wisely. We will advise that beginners should start this pose with the support of the wall by following the below steps. Regular practice will make you expert in this pose.

Sirsasana | Headstand Pose | Yoga Health Benefits and Precautions

How to do Sirsasana

  • To begin, sit in Vajrasanaon the sticky mat or use a folded blanket.
  • Now, move Balasana (Child pose) with your two fists stacked and forehead between both fists. And kneel down.
  • Interlock the fingers tightly, the hand should be coupled kind of equilateral triangle. (It’s a base crown for your head support).
  • By moving the knees towards the head, bring your head between the palms of the hands. While keeping forearms on the mat.
  • Raise your buttocks with the knees from the floor.
  • Now, slowly rise to perpendicular your legs upwards from the floor. And ensuring that your back should be straight.
  • Close the eyes by breathing slowly and deeply
  • In this final pose to stay focus on breathing as much as possible. As a beginning, the practitioner stays only for 10 seconds. After a good practice, you can increase the time.
  • Now slowly release pose to come back bend your knees and lower down your legs one by one.
  • Rest in Balasana (Child pose).

Benefits of Sirsasana (Headstand Pose)

  • It increases both physical and mental stability.
  • This asana massages to regulate abdominal, improve digestion and appetite.
  • It helps reduce fat in the body or weight loss.
  • This asana also helps to totally calm the brain and also relieves mild depression and stress.
  • Kidneys and liver are activated to daily practicing.
  • The thighs, knees, shoulder, and arms become strong.
  • This asana destroys all diseases and is especially helpful for Menstrual pain, Constipation, Fatigue life, back pain, depression.
  • Practicing this asana regularly Feet, abdominal and back muscles also too excellently.
  • It also assists in making the legs, shoulder, back, and hips much more flexible.
  • Strengthens the abdominal part, legs, knees, and shoulder.
  • This asana helps improve body posture.


  • Avoid this asana if you have low blood pressure and weak blood vessels in the eyes.
  • It must be avoided suffering from headaches, a neck injury and Back injury.
  • A woman should be avoided this asana if they are not comforted in menses.
  • A pregnant woman must avoid practicing this asana. They can Practice only under the supervision of a certified yoga instructor, Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India.


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