Practise Shirshasana to Build Stamina and Raise Positivity

Published: 24th December 2015 05:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th December 2015 05:48 AM   |  A+A-

How to practice

Kneel down on mat, place pelvis on your heels

Interlace your fingers and extend the forearms forward, keep palms open(this forms tripod base for the headstand)

Place the crown of head down on floor such that the back of head touches your cupped palms

Press your forearms towards the floor and hold the position for few seconds breathing evenly

Tuck your toes under and lift up your hips, take few deep breaths and prepare your mind for shirshasana

Walk your feet in as far as you can towards your head, lifting your hips so back becomes straight and keep the base strong

Exhale and gently swing your knees upward until both thighs are parallel to floor using lower back and abdominal muscles

Continue to move knees upward till they point to the ceiling, focus on the balance by drawing your navel in and hold the pose for few breath

Extend your knees and straighten your legs in line with the thighs.

Point your toes towards ceiling

Hold the pose for 30 seconds and breathing deeply

Gradually, build up to 5 minutes in the pose Benefits

Builds stamina

Provides relief from insomnia

Strengthens lungs

Improves the function of the pituitary and pineal glands

Increases the haemoglobin content of the blood

Removes the symptoms of cough, cold and tonsillitis

Reduces occurrence of heart palpitations

Calms the mind, instilling a feeling of positivity

Improves concentration and analytical ability of mind

Alleviates depression and conveys the feeling of balance, stability and equilibrium.


People with neck problems, headache or migraine, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic constipation, kidney problems, severe near sightedness, and conjunctivitis should not practice this asana. Also, it should not be practiced during Pregnancy and Menstruation.

Grand Master Akshar Akshar Power Yoga Academy, #4004, 100 feet road, Indiranagar m


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