Mukta Hasta Sirsasana

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Mukta Hasta Sirsasana Mean?

Mukta hasta sirsasana is a variation of the traditional headstand (sirsasana). It is an inversion that displays strength, control and beauty. Headstands are often considered the “royalty” of asanas. In Sanskrit, mukta means “liberated,” hasta means “hand," sirsa means "head" and asana means "pose."

To enter this asana, the yogi begins in dolphin pose (ardha pincha mayurasana). The crown of the head rests on the mat between the arms and the knees move in close to the torso. The weight of the body is transferred from the feet to the arms and head, with the arms at a 90-degree angle. The legs are raised one at a time; the palms remain on the floor with the arms and head working together as a supportive “tripod” base.

Mukta hasta sirsasana is also known as tripod headstand in English.

Mukta Hasta Sirsasana


Yogapedia Explains Mukta Hasta Sirsasana

Mukta hasta sirsasana is a building block to reaching the fullest expression of the inversion: an extended headstand (sirsasana) without the support of the hands and arms. It is recommended to master tripod headstand before moving on to practice full headstand.

This supported inversion returns blood to the heart and brain, which refreshes the cardiovascular and lymphatic system, and has an energizing effect on the whole body. Those who engage in spiritual yoga practice may use this asana to redirect sexual energy into higher spiritual energy, or ojas, which is thought to increase wellness and promote a positive aura. Ojas is thought to assist in heightening other spiritual yogic practices as well.

Inversions, like mukta hasta sirsasana, help in opening the ajna (third eye) chakra. The reversed position of the body and the position of the head allows energy to flow to the third eye area. Not only does this pose offer mental clarity and renewed energy, it is also thought to help increase memory and concentration over time.

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