It looks like you are using an AD Blocker, we understand and we would like to share that we are an online media living partly living off advertising revenues. Please turn off your blocker or Subscribe to YOGI Times and we will turn off the ADs for you for one year.
Array ( [cityNAME] => [cityID] => 5 [cityLINKS] => [countryCode] => [popup] => Array ( [city] => [country] => ) )$_COOKIE:
Array ( )$_POST:
Array ( )$prow:
id_posts => 1399990019 0 => many letters(content text :)) id_city => 0 1 => 0 id_category => 8 2 => 8 id_member => 1285903846 3 => 1285903846 posts_title => Find Your Happy Place in Shirshasana 4 => Find Your Happy Place in Shirshasana posts_content => many letters(content text :)) 5 => many letters(content text :)) posts_date => 1399990019 6 => 1399990019 posts_status => Y 7 => Y comment_status => Y 8 => Y posts_link => shirshasana-ashtanga-primary-series-head-stand-practice 9 => shirshasana-ashtanga-primary-series-head-stand-practice posts_modified => 1445048870 10 => 1445048870 jml_comment => 0 11 => 0 ord => 0 12 => 0 posts_hit => 10319 13 => 10319 posts_origin => N 14 => N writer_name => jessica 15 => jessica photographer_name => jessica 16 => jessica feature => N 17 => N ingredient => 18 => servefor => 19 => id_approve => 1285903846 20 => 1285903846 kunci => Approve 21 => Approve subposts => a step by step guide towards headstand. 22 => a step by step guide towards headstand. writer_lastname => jones 23 => jones photographer_lastname => jones 24 => jones notes => 25 => time_a => 26 => time_b => 27 => city_code => 804286 28 => 804286 state_code => 02 29 => 02 country_code => ID 30 => ID idStates => 1907 31 => 1907 id_photographer => 0 32 => 0 titletag => Shirshasana in the Ashtanga Primary Series Head Stand Practice 33 => Shirshasana in the Ashtanga Primary Series Head Stand Practice id_edited => 2 34 => 2 id_member_edited => 0 35 => 0 keywords => Shirshasana in the Ashtanga Primary Series Head Stand Practice 36 => Shirshasana in the Ashtanga Primary Series Head Stand Practice img_header => 37 => img_header_mobile => 38 => thumbnail => 39 => rectangle_image => 40 => header_image => 41 => square_image => 42 => featured_home => 0 43 => 0 listicle => 0 44 => 0 photographer_lnk => https://www.yogitimes.com/profile.php?personid=bbcd147776d62710365fc1d14b25f6e9&secid=451a4720aef37d65b3f8be026c92ad84
In Shirshasana (sher-SHAH-sahn-ah) I find my happy place, but when I read in Ashtanga Yoga Master, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois book the, "Yoga Mala" scripture states Shirshasana (headstand) should be held for three hours I thought to myself, "You've got to be kidding me!"
I gave it a try any way as the health benefits of inversions are pretty incredible. Mentally and physically the body heals in headstand. The five sense organs are purified and restored. Memory is increased. Going upside down stimulates the blood flow in the opposite direction sending fresh nutrients and oxygen to the face creating a natural "face lift" bringing a natural glow to the skin. The Adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified creating positive thought and decreases odds of depression. Reversing the pull of gravity cleanses the intestines, colon and the thyroid, pineal and adrenal glands.
Finding happiness in Shirshasana the Ashtanga step by step guide.
Step 1- From Adho Mukha Shvanasana (downward facing dog) lower the knees down to the floor.
Step 2- Interlace the fingers, placing the forearms on the floor elbows at a shoulders width apart. Breathe.
Step 3- Place the top of the head on the floor resting against the palms of the hands.
Step 4- Straighten the legs, keeping them together and raise the hips above the head by pressing the toes and elbows into the floor. Breathe.
Step 5- Inhale engaging the Mula (root) and Uddiyana (abdominal) Bandhas or locks to cultivate the energy and strength to life the legs using the power of the arms and torso.
Step 6- Tighten the body, point the toes, and keep the body erect keeping the weight of the body off the top of the head and into the arms by pressing the forearms into the floor.
Step 7- Breathing here, focus on the Nasa Dristi (nose) and balance for ten deep breaths.
Durining my Ashtanga Yoga 200 hour teacher training with Caroline Klebl a fourth series Ashtangi, and owner of The Source of Yoga Los Angeles, practice made perfect. Shirshasana often time presents more of a mental battle than a physical one. Mental fears of standing on the head, falling over, hurting the neck all come into play big time, so we took this one to the wall. The wall being a yogis best friend when learning new inversions, providing support fot the legs while building mental strength and confidence in new poses. I witnessed people of all shapes, backgrounds, and experience levels of yoga find happiness in Shirshasana.
Three hours still seems like a long ways away for me, the good news is the benefits are reached well before the three hour mark. I plan to start slowly, gradually adding one minute at a time life after all is a marathon and not a sprint.
More on Caroline Klebl - source of yoga