Shirshasana (The Headstand)

The Headstand is called the King of Asanas. It is a cure for almost all physical maladies. The names Shirshasana has been derived from the Sanskrit word Shirsha meaning “head” and Asana meaning “posture”.

How to Perform:

  • On a mat, sit on the two knees.
  • Interlock the fingers and place the finger-lock on the ground up till the elbow.
  • Now, keep the top of your head on this finger-lock or between the two hands.
  • Slowly raise the legs till they become vertical.
  • Retain this pose for five seconds in the beginning. Increase the time duration gradually to 15-30 minutes.
  • After holding the pose, slowly bring the legs down and relax your body.


  • Illumines the physic faculties and awakens the Kundalini Shakti.
  • Improves mental power.
  • Purifies blood and works a wonderful nerve tonic.
  • It improves vision, concentration, and memory.
  • Cures diseases of the eyes, nose, head, throat stomach, genito-urinary system, liver, spleen, lungs, renal colic, deafness, gonorrhea, diabetes, piles, asthma consumption, syphilis, etc.
  • Stimulates the digestive fire also known as Jatharagni.
  • Slows down the aging process.
  • Eases out uterine and ovarine troubles and removes sterility.


  • Practitioners suffering from abnormal blood pressure, glaucoma, detached retina, chronic thyroid disorders, neck or shoulder injuries, must consult a trained yoga expert before performing the shoulder stand.

Some Tips for performing Shirshasana:

  • Shirshasana must be practiced under the supervision of trained teacher only.
  • While performing this asana, avoid jerky and hasty movements.
  • Ask someone to assist you in performing this pose or take the support of a wall initially.
  • Breath through the nose and not through the mouth.
  • It is important to practice this asana for 2-3 months at a stretch to master it



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