Supported Headstand Pose

Salamba Sirsasana

Supported Headstand Pose

What is Supported Headstand Pose?

Supported headstand pose, or salamba sirsasana, is an inversion that requires both core strength and focus. With the forearms against the floor and head cradled in the hands, the body is inverted in one vertical line.

Instructions

  1. Kneel and place your forearms on the floor.
  2. Hold on to opposite elbows.
  3. Release your hands, keeping your elbows where they are, and interlace your fingers.
  4. Bring the crown of your head to the floor so that the back of your head is almost touching your hands.
  5. Tuck your toes and lift your hips.
  6. Walk your feet toward you with an exhale.
  7. One by one, bring your knees into your chest with an inhale.
  8. Straighten your legs and reach your feet toward the sky with an exhale, drawing your ribs in.
  9. Focus your gaze a few feet ahead and breathe while holding the pose.

Cautions

  • Avoid for neck pain, high blood pressure, glaucoma, headache and heart conditions
  • Always learn this pose from a qualified teacher

Benefits of Supported Headstand Pose

  • Strengthens core and spine
  • Brings fresh blood to the brain
  • Stimulates the sahasrara chakra
  • Revitalizes the mind
  • Relieves anxiety

Supported Headstand Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Salamba Sirsasana
Pronunciation
SAH-lum-bah SHEER-SHAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Beginner
Yoga Type
Drishti
Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
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