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Published on 02 Feb 2022
You must have come across numerous reels, videos, and posts online of Yogis you follow striking the awe-inspiring headstand Yoga pose or Sirsasana Pose. As effortless as it may seem from the outset, the months or years-on strength building, patience and practice it requires cannot be stressed enough.
A headstand pose if not mastered correctly can prove to be seriously injurious and demands unbridled determination and most of all a regular yoga practice. If Sirsasana is your end goal, then a steady practice involving some aiding yoga poses is a must.
Read on to find out the benefits of headstand yoga, how to perform a headstand, the safety measures to maintain, modifications to keep in mind as well as who all should avoid doing headstand pose.
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Performing a headstand could prove to be an invigorating experience if applied caution. Headstand is definitely a challenging yoga pose that compels physical skill & flexibility as well as mental on the practitioner's part.
Here are some of the significant benefits of headstand yoga -
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Headstand or Sirasana comes under the category of a yoga pose that demands continual patience & practice. We would strongly advise you to not rush or be reckless to perform a headstand as it can result in injury. Later on, we have also divulged the safety measures to keep in mind, as well as the modifications/variations of headstand one, can adopt in their practice-
How to come out of the headstand:
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Headstands are not for everyone and are sure to consult your doctor before attempting one. They are a form of inversion therapy and some people are strictly advised against practicing it. Headstand yoga is for those who have already mastered the advanced yoga stage and wish to up the ante.
That being said, here some variations/modifications that one should keep in mind while practicing-
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1. Build from the Ground Up: The safest approach is to build the pose from the ground up, checking along the way to ensure your alignment is good, that you're staying focused, and that you have the strength you need to get into (and out of) the pose safely.
2. Consult your Doctor: Do consult your doctor before you start a yoga practice. If you've recently had an injury or surgery involving your neck, spine, or head, you may need to avoid the pose until you've healed.
3. Not advisable for Pregnant Women: Due to changes in circulation and a shifting center of gravity, it's generally best to avoid starting any inversion practices, including headstands, if you're pregnant.
4. Avoid if you have High BP: While many yoga poses can be calming, have a history of high blood pressure (hypertension) or take medication to treat it, or have glaucoma, your doctor may advise you to avoid inversion poses.
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Do avoid inversions or headstands when you are feeling stressed out, haven't been sleeping well, or are weak and fatigued. If you're not sure you feel up to a headstand in class, skip it or ask your instructor or trainer for help before getting into the pose.
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