Yoga Pose: Tripod Headstand (Sālamba Śīrṣāsana II)

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  • Tripod Headstand

  • Sālamba Śīrṣāsana II

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

    The body is inverted and perpendicular to the earth with the legs extended up. The weight of the body is balanced between the crown of the head and the palms of the hands with the elbows bent in a 90- degree angle and the fingers forward. The head and hands are spaced equally forming an equilateral triangle. The neck is a natural extension of the spine. The chin is tucked slightly in towards the sternum. The toes are active and feet reach straight up toward the sky. 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 sinusitis.