Sirshasana (Head-stand Posture)
Sit in vajrasana. Bend forward and place the forearms on the ground with fingers interlocked and the elbows in front of the knees. Place the crown of the head between the interlocked hands. Lift the knees off the ground and raise the buttocks until the legs are straight. Slowly raise the legs and balance on the head and arms. Put the legs straight. Hold this pose for sometime, then slowly refold the legs and lower the toes gently to the ground. After this asana, the shavasana should be performed for as long as the time taken in performing the sirsasana.
The front portion of the head should rest on the cushion or on rolled cloth. The performance of this asana is four fingers broad, half of which is on the forehead below the hairline and the other half just above the hairline. By interlocking the fingers supporting the body on the neck and elbows legs should be straightened one by one, initially bending at knee and drawing towards the trunk. When the body is balanced after folding the legs at knee, the legs can be straightened. A sudden attempt at straightening the legs without attaining equilibrium may result in a fall. It may take few months to acquire the proper balance for performing this asana.
One should learn sirsanana from a yoga expert. After doing this asana, one should stand erect and raise the arms, then lie down in shavasana position. If sirsasana is not followed by shavasana, there may be some harmful effects on the body. Before starting sirsasana, one should see that the nostrils should not be blocked due to any reason or cold. Proper diet should also be followed for practitioners of this asana. If any body wants to do this asana for more than 10 minutes, then it is essential to observe strict celibacy and to take plenty of milk and ghee. If it is practiced by reading from the books, it may be harmful instead of giving any benefit.
AWrongly performed sirsasana may invite some disease, like premature greying of hair, falling of hair, disorders in the eyes, mental weakness, displacement of the navel, wet dreams and mental diseases.
This asana combines all the beneficial effects of the 84-lakh asanas. Its practice provides relief from premature graying of hair, blood dyscrasia, spermatorrhoea, menstrual disorders, wet dreams, fistula, coryza, mental diseases and respiratory catarh.
This asana is the king of all asanas. It makes the pituitary and pineal glands healthy and activates the brain. It increases memory, sharpness and concentration and circulatory system. It activates the digestive system. It cures hernia, hydrosol, hysteria, inflammation and enlargement of the intestines, constipation, and varicose veins. It also increases digestive power. It can cure thyroid problem, obesity and weakness, as also hair greying and fall ofhair.
Precaution This asana should be learnt from experts only, otherwise if wrongly performed, it could generate a host of diseases. Persons with high blood pressure, vertigo, and heart palpitations, thrombosis should not practice sirsasan.People who have pains in the ears or secretion from ears should not practice this asana. In case of shortsightedness or if the eyes are unduly red, one should not do this asana. If one is suffering from cold and coryza, they too should not practice this asana.