Yogasana – Sirsasana – How to perform, Benefits and precautions

Sirsasana cures insomnia (sleeping disorder), spine problems and also improves concentration powers & mental balance. It increases the blood circulation in brain and improves the brains functions and memory. Even people suffering from liver disease, poor blood circulation and headache should perform this asana regularly.

How to Perform:

step 1:
Interlock the fingers tightly, so that palms forms a cup.

step 2: Place the head on the formed cup so that the crown of the head touches the palms.

step 3: Raise the knees from the floor by pulling the toes towards the head. Slowly raise your legs upwards from the floor.

step 4: After the body gets properly balanced in this position, gradually and slowly straighten the legs.

step 5: Take care that you maintain equilibrium and you don’t fall backwards.

step 6: Make sure that the spine and thighs are in line, straight and vertical.

step 7: Relax the whole body as much as possible.

step 8: Close the eyes.

step 9: Breathe slowly and deeply.

step 10: Stay in the final pose for some time.

step 11: Come back by flexing the knees and sliding them down to the floor in reverse order.


Keep the whole body vertical in the final pose; don’t incline backwards, forwards or sideways.
Try to relax as many muscles as possible in the final position.
Try to ensure that most of the weight of the body is supported on the head in the final position not in the arms.
One should practice this yoga pose just after doing other asanas.
Practice it before Pranayama and meditative yoga pose.
A person suffering from high blood pressure, heart malfunctioning, cerebral or coronary thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, conjunctivitis and chronic glaucoma, blood hemorrhage in the head, Otia, chronic catarrh, slipped disc and kidney problems, should not practice sirsasana.
In case of extremely impure blood, the impurities could be directed into the brain.
It also shouldn’t be performed when your bowel are extremely full, feeling physically tired, and having headache or migraine.
Practicing it is avoided after intense physical exercise as vigorous workout releases toxins in the body that may reach to the brain.
It should not be practiced During pregnancy or menstruation.
Sirsasna should be immediately stopped if you experience a headache, feel dizziness, perspire profusely, become very hot, have palpitation of the heart.

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