This weeks favourite pose has been chosen by Angela Stevenson. Sirsasana is known as the King of yoga postures. when you read all the benefits below you will see why.!
Angela has only been attending my yoga classes for the past year. I remember her being so nervous trying this posture, like most people when they attempt standing on their head for the first time. With patience and determination she got over her fear. As you can see she is now holding a very comfortable and confident Sirsasana (headstand) anywhere, any time it seams! :-) Here’s what she has to say about it.
“The Head Stand: Why do I like this pose so much? That’s a good question. Well, in all honesty when I first encountered this pose (last year in Sinead’s class) I disliked it. I was too afraid to try it without a mirror or barrier to stop me from falling and landing flat on my back. With time and the help of Sinead’s instruction and belief in me I built the confidence and core muscles to pull myself up into a head stand. Now, I really enjoy this inversion for the sole reason that it takes pressure off my limbs and allows fluids to drain out of my feet, which often feel heavy at the end of the day. So, whenever I get the chance to relax and strike a pose, I choose this one, the Head Stand.”
Tips To get over fear when attempting Sirsasana:
- Focus on the breath. Also shift your awareness to creating muscular energy in this posture. Very importantly that
- Very important to hug shins towards each other. Thigh bones draw back, tail bone forward…
- Placing the awareness into your body will distract you from the fear in your head.
- Before you know it, you’ll be balancing for a few moments. Then a few moments longer and in no time a few minutes!
Benefits of Sirsasana include:
- Increases the Blood circulation
- Improves memory
- Strengthens nervous system.
- Improves Digestion
- Eliminates congestion in liver and spleen
- Calming on the mind
- Strengthens spine
- Improves balance.
People with high blood pressure or eye problems should not do this posture. A yoga teacher can give you an alternative to this pose.
Make sure you learn this posture under the guidance of a yoga teacher.