Ardha Salamba Sirsasana

Definition - What does Ardha Salamba Sirsasana mean?

Ardha salamba sirsasana is an intermediate supported inversion that prepares the yogi for the full version of sirasana, or headstand. The term comes from the Sanskrit ardha, which means “half,” salamba, meaning “supported,” sirsa, which translates as “head” and asana, meaning “posture” or “pose.” In English, it is known as half supported headstand against wall.

In this asana, the forearms rest on the floor with the fingers locked and the crown of the head resting on the ground. The feet are walked up the wall until the straight legs and the upper body form a 90-degree angle.

Yogapedia explains Ardha Salamba Sirsasana

Ardha salamba sirsasana offers most of the same benefits as the unsupported version of the pose and the full version of sirsasana. The sahaswara (crown) chakra – the energy center of intuition, enlightenment, higher knowledge and inspiration – is believed to be activated through practice of this pose. Opening this chakra is associated with reliability, selflessness, spirituality and stability. Ultimately, an open sahaswara chakra leads to the path of Self-realization.

As an inversion, ardha salamba sirsasana also is believed to:

  • Improve focus
  • Help release the ego
  • Give a new perspective
  • Build confidence

This posture can also be practiced with the back to the wall, the knees bent at 90 degrees and the feet touching the wall for support.

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