Parsva Sirsasana

Definition - What does Parsva Sirsasana mean?

Parsva sirsasana is a twisted, or revolved, variation of headstand. The name comes from the Sanskrit, parsva, meaning "side"; sirsa, meaning "head"; and asana, meaning "pose." In this intermediate variation of headstand, the body moves to the side, or revolves open.

To come into this pose, begin in headstand with active feet and legs that are engaged and together. Initiate a twist from the core while keeping a consistent pressure through the forearms. The posture is performed on both sides.

Parsva sirsasana is also known in English as side headstand.

Parsva Sirsasana

Yogapedia explains Parsva Sirsasana

As an inversion, parsva sirsasana is thought to activate the sahasrara (crown) chakra. This chakra represents pure consciousness and allows the yogi to get in touch with his/her spiritual self. An open sahasrara chakra builds reliability, selflessness and stability. This chakra is also associated with higher knowledge, confidence, decisiveness, intuition and enlightenment. When the yogi opens the sahasrara, he/she is able to radiate divine love and manifest self-realization.

In addition to many physical benefits, practicing parsva sirsasana:

  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Is therapeutic for mild depression
  • Improves memory, focus and concentration
  • Creates a sense of inner peace
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