Yoga Pose: Supported Headstand (Sālamba Śīrṣāsana I)

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  • Supported Headstand

  • Sālamba Śīrṣāsana I

  • sā = with
  • alamba = support
  • śīrṣa = head
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Arm Balance and Inversion / Balancing
  • Difficulty:
    Expert
  • Description:

    In this inverted posture, the weight of the body is evenly balanced on the forearms that are narrow. The fingers are interlaced (pinky fingers spooning). The crown of the head is resting softly on the earth (only to regulate balance) between the interlaced fingers hugging the head in order to stabilize and protect the neck. The shoulder blades are pressed against the back to widen the back as the tailbone continues to lift upward toward the heels. The gaze is straight.

  • Benefits:

    Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands. Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine. Strengthens the lungs. Tones the abdominal organs. Improves digestion. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusi.