Sirshasana is a well-known classical yoga pose, and it has often been praised by ancient texts. It is believed that it combines the benefit of all 84,000 asanas (from the full list of Shiva, lost in the hoary antiquity of the Vedic). As for the many thousands of asanas one can argue which is better, but the use of headstand is very real, not myth!
From the perspective of yoga, the beneficial effect in Shirshasana is achieved through the merger of the energy flow of Prana (moving up in the body) and Apana (conversely, flowing down), around the navel level. There is a kind of “clash”of the flows, an energy “explosion”, and the Prana begins to flow much stronger throughout the body.
It is clear that this is an explanation of yoga, and modern (Western) medicine has its own terminology and explains the benefits of the Sirshasany inverted posture as well as more mundane things.
According yogaterapii, Sirshasana is useful:
- For disturbances and diseases of the “head”, i.e. thebrain, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, tongue and vocal schords, tonsils,adenoids, and neck;
- For the vessels and the heart;
- For the urogenital system;
- For preventing hair loss and premature graying of hair;
- favorably affectingthe skin condition;
- By significantly helping with varicose veins;
- According to some reports, it even cures leprosy and certain mental diseases.
It is worth considering, and the reverse side of the coin is, with Shirshasana there are many contradictions (including increased pressure, sinusitis, etc., as well as some eye diseases, as well as the flow of menses).Practitioners should check with a teacher or yoga-yogaterapevta doctor prior to regular intensive training.
The benefits of Sirshasana require a lot of effort because the position should be held for a few minutes at least once a day (the strict condition – on an empty stomach!). It can be considered a useful Sirshasany to hold not less than 2 and no more than 10 minutes (in rare cases, in compliance with a special diet and other terms – more). Sirshasanu asanas can be attributed to increased physical difficulties, and once started the practice has already significantly strengthened the muscles of the body, including the hands and neck.
The question of “at what point of the head to base headstand” is one of the most hotly debated in hatha yoga, with that their personal opinion –is correct and the rest are wrong, or even deadly (see the Dhirendra Brahmachari school point of view). In Satyananda Yoga you yourself have to find a foothold for the senses, and it can be any version between Dhirendra Brahmachari and the head. Usually experienced yoga practitioners reach a point closer to the top, at a point closer to the hairline.The procedure and safety are explained, and the vessels of the brain, and of the muscles, and even energy. Only experienced yoga practitioners develop the sensitivity necessary to determine the desired point on their own, but first they have to trust a specialist. On the head you need to deliver and monitor the proper implementation! Otherwise you can hurt yourself.
But there are some sure signs that indicate an error:
- Eyes turn red (check the mirror) – incorrect head position or an “overdone” or abrupt withdrawal from posture;
- Dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears after exiting postures (often just goes too fast) – a posture is not useful to you health, it is done incorrectly;
- Pain “at the level of physics” – back pain, neck, muscles around the spine – while being in a pose is not optimal;
- “Golden” rule: after the headstand should be 50% of the retention time poses after leaving her to lie in Shavasana (or Advasane or in Balasanov – in general, without raising his head).
How to perform Sirshasanu – Headstand
Viparita-Karani Asana – “Inverted Position”
Another upside-down position in which the neck is practically not bent, it causes powerful blood flow (in Sarvangasane – “Birch” – the chin is pressed, and this is very important unlike in Viparita-Karani!).
About the technique of its implementation we have said that Viparita Karani is a “royal” yoga posture.
Some additional words about the specifics: This position requires a Sirshasana prepared (strong) hand. Otherwise, its effects can be traumatic. But even if you have a strong hand, it is important not to hold the posture for too long, because at the end of such an approach is no longer holding steady and you can easily fall to the side.Falling is potentially traumatic and harmful for the two postures (Sirshasana, Viparita-Karani-asana), either sideways or twisting, but not backwards or forwards.
Also, Viparita-Karani can and should be maintained far longer than Sirshasanu especially because it has no pressure associated with the bones of the skull (and the build-up to it). With an “inverted position” some yoga practitioners, including women, are holding up to 3 hours! However, this is not recommended for all.
Secrets of stability in this position (also for Sirshasana):
- Find the correct position of the body in which the muscular work is minimal, or even almost non-existent. A useful effect is also beginning the pose somewhere in the second minute, so it usually is not difficult to keep the posture for 5-10 minutes. If the pose is uncomfortable, stop and and try Prior to the desired shape asanas. If you have formed a poor posture, no willpower of self-suggestion will help you get comfort and peace! Learn how to easily, smoothly, and safely achieve Viparita Karani and headstand.
- Find a comfortable position for the elbows and The neck should not feel the pressure or stress! If this happens, place a mat or a blanket under the shoulder so that the neck is slightly hanging and is stretched. Listen to your body; pain cannot be tolerated in any yoga pose.
- Breathe evenlyand deeply (and not strained, of course). Initially breathing may speed up (when forming the position), but itwill equalize a few minutes later. Also, do not insist on full yogic breathing; it is possible for it to come naturally. You will start to breathe superficially, as in a dream, but there will also be clarity and peace of mind. Thoughts during regular breathing will calm down by themselves, they do not need to be forced out.The pose is”working for you”!
- In order not to be distracted by time, it is best to do a pose using a timer or music with a known length (put on your favorite track for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!). Or simply engage in the feelings, forgetting about time, and you will still have progress.
- Do not turn your head in inverted poses (to look at the clock or the phone or answer the phone!). This not only detracts from the relaxation but is also dangerous for the cervical vertebrae; no twisting!
- Naman-pranamasana – “The pose of prayer” – is a very simple and safe but effective inverted posture(almost like Sirshasana), as the neck is kept From the side it looks clumsy, but this should not confuse you. Engage in a place and at a time when you will not be disturbed and will not draw attention from others. The benefits of retention, again, increase noticeably after the 2nd minute! In terms of complexity, although the posture has some limitations (like Sirshasany but softer – high blood pressure, eye diseases, ear-nose-throat, vascular disease) – is inverted posture “for all” zero complexity!
Many who do inversions every day for at least for 10-15 minutes note a surge of strength, vigor, decreased vascular diseases (such as, for example, varicose veins), an improvement of the genitourinary system, mental clarity, and other effects. Whether calling “rejuvenation” or just achieving a healthy normal (for their actual age),everyone decides for themselves. But, as is easily seen by looking at some of the elderly, but not “the old soul”, Yogis and Yoginis well over 80 years old, being young is a state of mind.
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