Yoga Headstand

Śīrṣāsana शीर्षासन

The Yoga headstand comes from the word Śīrṣā, which means head, and asana, which means posture.

Yoga Headstand

How to do a Yoga Headstand

This pose is considered an advanced pose. Before you do a Yoga headstand, it is important that you have spent sufficient time practicing the preparatory Yoga postures leading up to Yoga headstand in order to strengthen your body to support this pose.

  1. Kneel on the floor in table position.
  2. Place your elbows on the floor beneath your shoulders.
  3. Interlace your fingers together and place them on the floor in front of you.
  4. Place the crown of your head in the cradle you’ve created using your arms
  5. Inhale and lift your knees off the floor into a downward dog type pose.
  6. Walk your feet in toward your body, as close as you can get them.
  7. Keep your shoulder blades firm and lift them toward your tailbone (away from the ground)
  8. Exhale and lift both feet off the floor at the same time. For beginners, you may need to bend your knees to do this
  9. Hold this position while you breath. 10-15 seconds for beginners. Up to 3-5 minutes for advanced practitioners.

Benefits of a Yoga Headstand

  • Strengthens the arms, legs and spine
  • Improves veinous blood return
  • Improves abdominal tone
  • Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands

Contraindications for Headstand

  • Head, neck or back injuries
  • High or low blood pressure or other heart conditions
  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy