Ardha Sirsasana

Definition - What does Ardha Sirsasana mean?

Ardha sirsasana is an inverted yoga posture that serves as a preparatory pose for the full version of sirsasana. The term comes from the Sanskrit ardha, meaning “half,” sirsa, meaning “head” and asana, meaning “posture” or “pose.”

This asana resembles downward-facing dog but with the fingers interlocked, the forearms on the ground in a triangular shape and the top of the head grounded between the forearms.

In English, ardha sirsasana is known as half headstand or dolphin pose.

Yogapedia explains Ardha Sirsasana

Traditionally, ardha sirsasana is believed to open the sahasrara (crown) chakra. This chakra is the center of higher knowledge, intuition, inspiration and enlightenment. By activating this chakra, the yogi creates a sense of stability, selflessness and reliability. He/she gets in touch with his/her own spirituality, thereby radiating divine love and manifesting self-realization. Sahasrara is also associated with confidence and decisiveness.

In addition to a range of physical benefits, ardha sirsasana:

  • Calms the mind
  • Relieves mild depression, anxiety, fatigue and stress
  • Improves concentration and memory
  • Helps create inner peace
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