Sirsasana or the Headstand derives its name from two Sanskrit words, ‘Sirsa’, meaning ‘Head’ and ‘Asana’, meaning ‘Posture’. The ancient books have called Sirsasana or the Headstand as the king of all asanas in yoga. The correct posture requires the whole weight of the body to be borne on the head alone and not on forearms or hands.
When we are born, normally the head comes out first and then the limbs. The Skull encases the brain, which controls the nervous system and the sense organs. The Brain is the seat of intelligence, knowledge, discrimination, wisdom and power. The head is the centre of Satvik (Harmony) qualities, which controls discrimination; the trunk is the centre of Rajasic (Mobility) qualities, which controls passion, emotions and action; and the region below the diaphragm is the centre of Tamasic (Inertia) qualities, which controls sensual pleasures.
Regular practice of Sirsasana helps in the holistic development of the body, disciplines the mind and widens the horizons of the soul. It has the following ten health benefits:
Activates Brain cells
It makes healthy, pure blood flow through the brain cells. This rejuvenates the brain cells to focus better, improve thinking power and make thoughts clearer.
Ensures proper Blood supply
It ensures proper blood supply to the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain, which helps in proper growth, health and vitality of the body.
Improve Body resistance
Lungs become stronger and the body becomes resistant to colds, coughs, tonsillitis and palpitations.
It deepens and calms your breathing as the blood absorbs more oxygen, which benefits the brain and inner organs.
Strengthen Muscles of the Body
It helps to strengthen the core muscles of the body, as the asana works the muscles in the abdomen, back, neck, shoulder and arms by firmly rooting the body to its foundation, the crown of the head.
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