Tripod Headstand

Last Updated: October 26, 2018

Definition - What does Tripod Headstand mean?

Tripod headstand is a variation of the traditional headstand.

To enter this pose, it is easiest to begin in dolphin pose (ardha pincha mayurasana). Place the crown of the head on the mat between the arms and slowly move the knees closer to the torso. Transfer the weight of the body from the legs and feet to the arms and head, keeping the elbows at a 90-degree angle. The palms remain on the floor with the arms and head acting together as a supportive “tripod” base. Finally, raise the legs one at a time. To come out of the pose slowly lower the feet back to the mat, engaging the core for a controlled descent.

Tripod headstand may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, mukta hasta sirsasana.

Tripod Headstand

Yogapedia explains Tripod Headstand

Tripod headstand is an inversion that displays strength, control and beauty. Headstands are often considered the “royalty” of yoga poses.

Tripod yoga is an important building block to reaching the fullest expression of the inversion: an extended headstand without the support of the hands and arms. It is recommended to master tripod before moving on to practice full headstand.

This supported inversion returns blood to the heart and the brain, which refreshes the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, and has an energizing effect on the whole body. Tripod pose can also help relieve headaches and stimulate the pituitary gland. It is thought to increase mental clarity as well as increase memory and concentration over time due to the additional blood flow to the brain.

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