Saturday, June 20, 2015

Shirsasana Yoga Benefits

Shirsasana Yoga Pose
Shirsasana Yoga Pose


  • 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.
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
  • Therapeutic for asthma, infertility and insomnia.
  • Builds stamina.
  • Helps to cure halitosis.
  • Relieves the symptoms of cold, cough tonsillitis.
  • Brings relief from digestive and eliminatory problems.
  • Beneficial for the sense organs viz. eyes, ears, nose, throat.

Contraindications and cautions

  • Back injury.
  • Headache.
  • Neck injury.
  • Heart condition.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Low blood pressure: don't start practice with this pose.
  • Thrombosis.
  • Kidney problem.
  • Weak eye blood vessels.
  • Glaucoma.
  • Retinal detachment.
  • Vitreous hemorrhage.
  • Nose bleed (Epistaxis).
  • History of CVA (Cerebro-Vascular Accident), SOL in the brain.
  • Inflammation of the ears.
  • Any form of blood hemorrhage in the head.
  • During menstruation.
  • Pregnancy: if you are experienced with this pose, you can continue to practice it late into pregnancy. However, don't take up the practice of shirsasana after you become pregnant.

Sirsasana is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without sufficient prior experience or unless you have the supervision of an experienced teacher. Some schools of yoga recommend doing Sirsasana before Sarvangasana, others vice versa. The instruction here assumes the former order.

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