Shirshasana is a powerful Asana and is considered as the King of Asanas due to its effect on the entire body. The Sanskrit word Shirsha actually means head. Hence this posture is better known as The headstand posture.  Though beginners may find this posture difficult, they can initially take the help of a friend while practicing. During practice, the head can be given an extra padding like for instance a folded blanket. A pillow is not advisable as it would be too soft.

DESCRIPTION

  1. Fold both the legs at the knees and be seated on the heels of the feet. The body, neck, spine and head should be kept erect. Palms can be placed on the knees. Breathe normally.
  2. Interlock the fingers of hands and place them on the soft padding by leaning forward.
  3. Keeping elbows shoulder widths apart, gently place the back of the head on the inner side of the interlocked fingers. Now slowly lift knees from the floor and take one or two steps towards the head.
  4. Inhale and simultaneously lift the legs gently so that they are in a vertical position. Keeping the back straight, relax and breathe deeply from the abdomen.
  5. Hold on in the same position for fifteen seconds. The time duration can be increased gradually up to three minutes with practice. While returning to the initial normal position, first bend the knees and place one leg on the floor first and then bring the other down.

BENEFITS

As there is an increased blood flow to the brain, Shirshasana improves memory and intelligence. The body parts that are benefited through this Asana are the endocrine glands; the Pituitary, Thyroid, Parathyroid and Pineal glands. It also helps in any sort of non-alignment of the spine. It also helps in improving the quality of sleep.

This Asana reduces and prevents health conditions such as tension, fatigue, nervousness, insomnia, amnesia, fear, headache, constipation, Asthma, spleen or liver disorders and congestion of throat. As the blood circulation to the scalp is increased, it promotes hair growth.

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19 Responses to “Shirshasana (The Headstand) Posture”

  1. fagotyr says:

    Why don’t you try and explain how the health benefits actually work…FAGOT!

  2. Prasun says:

    Hi..
    I have been doing Shirshasana for 15 years.. and i can not remember when I had taken medicine last time. Yes… I have benefited with this asana..immensely.. i have not fallen ill long. Thanks to that asana. Today I am a successful Software Engineer working in a MNC. But I could not qualify in my graduation due to lack of concentration and health problems. My mom advised me to go for Yoga, I started doing Yoga,specifically Shirshasana and i stood first in college.Now i am very happy with my life and my HEALTH.

    And one more thing.. Yoga is not for those who does not believe in it. Yoga means union with your great soul. Anyway..this concept is too heavy for those who sees life with such scepticism. God bless them.

    Prasun
    prasun.chandra@gmail.com

  3. Saurabh says:

    Nice one

  4. Pratap says:

    Thank You for sharing your experience prasoon and i started practising this asana and i’m thinking of doing it daily I hope it helps me as it did for you.

  5. Shashank Mittal says:

    Well, about this asana i would just say one thing “Simply Great” I have started this practice for a quite a long time now and i feel fresher, rejuvenated and energetic. I also take BIO ENERGY with amazing BIODISC and also quality products from DXN International.
    My life has become relaxed and tension free, i am secured with toxins and dreaded diseases around. I am very happy and recommened these to people who wish to have wonderful and healthy life ahead….

    Shashank

  6. Well, about this asana i would just say one thing “Simply Great” I have started this practice for a quite a long time now and i feel fresher, rejuvenated and energetic. I also take ENERGY with amazing BIODISC and also quality products from DXN International.
    My life has become relaxed and tension free, i am secured with toxins and dreaded diseases around. I am very happy and recommend these to people who wish to have wonderful and healthy life ahead….

    Shashank

  7. Govardhan says:

    Can anyone tell, whether this Ashana has helped in hair growth, because i am facing hairloss and i could see the baldness in my head (initial stage)..

    It will be great if anyone can reply with your genuine results..

  8. Mayank says:

    Hi all
    same here. I too facing problem of hair loss ..will this asana help me either stopping my hair loss or getting hair in bald portion ??
    thank you

  9. keshu says:

    can i get its benefits if i do only shirshasana every morning???

  10. Saahil says:

    Dear Govardhan /Keshu,
    Shirshasana is the best exercise for healthy living but cannot help you in hair growth. Remember, Hair fall has nothing to do with physical health. Its hereiditary for most. I would suggest you do a Vipassana course; your nervousness will come down, your awareness will increase and less nervous means less hair fall.Visit http://www.dhamma.org for the course details. Its free!! I mean its priceless and you cannot pay for it.

    Meanwhile, apart fromVipassana, you can put castor oil on ur head (mix it with olive oil an almond oil; all 3 in equal quantities or may be less castor oil if your skin is dry).

    Also, apart from this start urine therapy. Google about urine therapy. This is the best thing you can go.

    Remember, aging is inevitable.
    Dont think others are more lucky if they are not losing hair.
    They will lose it one day when they r 40 or 50 or 60.
    At that age, they would have built a lot of attachment to their hair.
    (if you are 20, you attachment to ur hair is only 20 yrs; if someone is 50, his attachment to his hair is 50 years)

    Remember – the more the attachment; more is the misery

  11. Shriniwas says:

    Is seershana OK for the people above 65 and having marginal diabites ? Under what health conditions seershasan is recommended ?

  12. Shriniwas says:

    I mean to say ” not recommended”

  13. Vishal says:

    The shirsana definitely helped me in stopping my hair loss and that too almost immediately and this was only a week back.

    I took support of the wall to do it. For people with a not very supple body, don’t do this asan for more than a minute to avoid back problems. It is very important to have strong back and neck muscles to practice this asan. The technique MUST be right!

    I feel any asan that helps in improving the flow of the blood to the head should help in stopping hair loss.

  14. Leslie says:

    Nobody should think, just make headstand for 1-2 weeks, and all his/her problems are blew off!
    Be patient, and one day you”ll discover the miracle…

  15. Sunny says:

    So shirsasana does not help at all in promoting hair growth. I have hereditary baldness n I have started doing the asana for a week now. I dont have a lot of hair now but wont shirsasana help me in recovering my lost hair. Also amit can u plz tell me at what time of the day did u do the pranayama n for how long each pranayama.So now ur head is completely covered plz tell me how long did it take to achieve this feat so that i can have a timeframe in my mind. It wud be a great help to have any suggestions. Thanks in advance.

  16. Girish says:

    Shirshashana certainly promotes hair growth. It supplies more blood to the hair scalps and removes any blocks, which hinder hairs to come out of the skin.

  17. Navnath says:

    Hi I am Navnath. I had an accident on 18 March 2002. My right side three ribs were broken and I went in depression. Last one year I have started doing Halasana, Shirshasana, Suryanamaskara and Bhujangasana with Pranayama Bhasrika, Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilome. I have been getting good releif. I want to be expert in Yoga.

  18. Navnath says:

    Hi I am Navnath. I had an accident on 18 March 2002. My right side three ribs were broken and I went in depression. Last one year I have started doing Halasana, Shirshasana, Suryanamaskara and Bhujangasana with Pranayama Bhasrika, Kapalbhati, Anulom Vilome. I have been getting good releif. I want to be expert in Yoga. But I want to know that what is the best time do do same?

  19. Divyanshu sagar says:

    this aasan is very nice….when i first started doing this …i just couldn’t do more than 1-2 mins but now i can do it 10 mins.

    after performing this task or aasan i feel like my power of thinking is increased…and sometimes i feel like if this aasan gives so much concentration than why to go for Cigarettes…lol..
    i dont do..but my frnds do thats why im talking…

    i didn’t have beard..but now i have a thick beard on my face..wooh..i like this aasan…after performing this aasan you will defenitly become a matured person…because you would start thinking…just go for this aasan and you will know ur self.

    if you want to change ur self than do this task it really helps!