Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sirsasana Benefits

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What is Salamba Sirsasana?

In Sanskrit salamba means supported and sirsa means head thus Salamba sirsasana means supported headstand pose. It is an extremely powerful asana that is referred as King of the Asana due to the overall effects it imposes on the whole body.

What is the technique of Salamba Sirsasana?
Facing the wall kneel down with your knees and leg together and forearms resting on the floor with fingers interlocked. Arms can be moved a little closer than shoulder for greater stability. Now place the crown of your head on a blanket up against your interlocked hands.

Curl your toes under and straighten your legs, walking your feet in toward your head, until your torso and hips are raised vertically upward with tailbone or hips resting against the wall. Raise your feet while bending knees in over your abdomen and with knees remaining bent, bring your soles to rest on the wall. Then straighten your legs upward, using the wall as a support while pushing for ward in the hips so that things are brought in line with the torso in the vertical. Try to lift up and out of your shoulders. Hold this position for 10 seconds as a beginning practitioner. Then gradually add 5 to 10 seconds onto your stay every day. With practice and experience you can hold this pose for ten minutes. But increase your stay very slowly. When you are ready, come down in as controlled manner as possible, reversing your path taken into the position.

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What are the benefits of practicing Sirsasana ?
This asana leaves so many positive effects on the body and mind that it is called King of the Asana. It enhances blood supply to the brain and calms it. It helps relieve stress and mild depression. The regular practice of this asana increases intellectual clarity, improves will power and respiration. It stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands. It strengthens the arms, legs, spine and lungs as well. It tones the abdominal organs and Improves digestion. It helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. It helps to cure minor (common cold, cough and sore throat) to major ailments like asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis.
Sirsasana is very much effective in constipation and liver disorders as it activates digestive system. Sirsasana activates thyroid glands thus prevents hypothyroidism and helps in curbing obesity and menstral irregularities in women.
Beauty conscious person should always perform this yoga exercise as sirsasana increases the glow and vitality of the face and skin and also prevents hair fall and premature greying of hair.

Benefits of Sirsasana

1. This increases the blood circulation in head and memory power is improved.

2. This strengthens the nervous-centres of the whole body and maintains the health of endocrine gland.

3. Digestive system is also benefited through this Asana.

4. According to Swami Kuvalayanandaji, it is beneficial against congested throat, diseases of liver and spleen and in Visceroptosis.

5. Calms the mind.

6. Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine.

7. Improves balance.


What are the cautions?

Do not practice this asana if you have back injury, headache, heart condition, high blood pressure, and neck injury. Women should avoid this pose in Menstruation and Pregnancy. If you have low blood pressure problem then do not start practice with this pose. This asana should be practiced with care and supervision of experienced teacher.

( Source : http://www.indovacations.net/yoga/salamba-sirsasana.htm )

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