Lotus Petal Yoga

SIRSHASANA (HEAD STAND)


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Sirsha = head; Asana = Posture

From neutral table top, torso is lowered onto the forearms, elbows are shoulder width apart. Fingers are interlaced and cradle the head as it rests on the floor. Weight is pressed into the elbows and forearms as shoulders are lifted away from the ears. Toes are tucked under as the hips are lifted into the air and the feet are walked toward the head. Abdominal muscles are engaged as the torso is drawn perpendicular to the earth. Legs are lifted into the air and straightened. One long line of energy from the crown of the head to the tips of the toes is created. Legs press lightly against each other. Navel is drawn to the pubic bone creating space in the low back and stabilizing the hips. Shoulders are drawn away from the ears and pressed outward creating space between the shoulder blades.

Benefits of the posture:

  • strengthens and aligns the arms and shoulders
  • brings circulation to the face, neck and brain
  • good for varicose veins
  • reverses the effects of gravity on the lungs and diaphragm, strengthening the diaphragm and assisting in complete exhalation
  • energizes and increases stamina
 

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