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Headstand / Head stand

Sirsasana

SHEER-SHAH-sah-nah
Headstand / Head stand
Pose categories
Primary body parts engaged
Muscle Groups
Strengthens spine and core
Stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, brings fresh blood to brain
Revitalizes mind and senses

How to perform headstand / head stand

  1. Begin kneeling and place your elbows on the floor. Clasp the outsides of your elbows with opposite hands. Release your hands but don’t move your elbows– keep this distance throughout the pose. Interlace your fingers and place the pinky fingers on the floor.
  2. Place the part of your head that’s just behind your hairline on the floor. Cup the back of your head with your hands.
  3. Curl your toes under, straighten your legs and walk your feet in toward you.
  4. With an inhale bring one knee into your chest, then the other. Straighten your legs toward the sky with an exhale.
  5. Fix your gaze at one point to balance. Press your elbows and wrists into the floor.
  6. Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
  7. Lower your legs to the floor one at a time with an exhale.
  8. Rest in Extended Child’s Pose for 30 seconds.
Alignment cues
  • Draw shoulder blades toward sky
  • Draw ribs in
  • Press elbows and wrists into floor
  • Focus at the floor one foot in front of you
Headstand should only be learned from a yoga teacher. Always follow headstand with shoulderstand. Avoid this pose if you have high blood pressure, headache, back or neck injury, glaucoma, or a heart condition.
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Headstand / head stand (Sirsasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the balancing and core and inversions categories. This asana targets abs and obliques and spine and also involves forearms and middle back / lats and triceps and upper back & lower traps muscles. Headstand / head stand stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.

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