Salamba sirsasana is a building block toward reaching the fullest expression of the inversion, sirsasana. This supported inversion returns blood to the heart and the brain, which refreshes the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems and has energizing effects for the whole body. This asana can relieve headaches and assist with managing asthma.
There are several mental benefits of salamba sirsasana. Not only does it offer mental clarity and renewed energy, it also helps increase memory and concentration over time.
In addition, those who engage in a spiritual yoga practice may use this asana to redirect sexual energies to a higher spiritual usage, which is thought to increase wellness and promote a positive aura. This higher energy is called ojas, and is said to assist in heightening other spiritual yogic practices.
Inversions like salamba sirsasana help open the ajna, or third eye, chakra. The reverse position of the body allows energy flow to the third eye, which governs psychic ability, intuition and spirituality.