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Nong Khai, Thailand

Sirsasana A & B May 20, 2020

Salamba Sirsasana A & B (Headstand)

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Note: Sirsasana is NOT a beginner pose. Your body has to be detoxified already or more harm will result than good. Start with Sarvangasana first (Shoulder Stand). Best to be established in the practice with your teacher before attempting this.

In Sirsasana, the perception organs (nose, eyes, eyes, taste buds, brain) are below the heart where blood doesn't have to fight gravity to stimulate blood flow. It slows down the respiratory rate and displaces the internal organs giving them a reboot. While on headstand, the Sahasrara Chakra is massaged, paving way for its opening. When done with a butt-squeeze, it relieves piles/hemorrhoids. Sirsasana is one of the most useful asanas to promote mental peace and equanimity. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya calls it the King of Asanas. It is an asana, but since it performs a special function, it's also a mudra (Viparita Karani Mudra). The flow of Amrita is also reversed causing a delay or even a reversal of the aging process. Gray hair reverts back to being black again.

Pineal Gland
The Pineal Gland requires more blood to function optimally. With Sirsasana having the brain below the heart and not fighting gravity, the Pineal Gland gets all the oxygenated blood it needs.

Ending Thoughts
Sirsasana has a steep learning curve, but when mastered, can bring enormous benefits.

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Reader Comments:

amaritamari@gmail.comNirda Jones
(Dec 7, 2023) I have heard that doing headstand for an extended period floods too much blood to the brain and can cause damage to the fine capillaries that don't require too much blood. Possibly affecting intelligence negatively.

(Dec 8, 2023) Please cite your reference. I haven't read that, but I wouldn't be surprised. The human body has a limit, and the limit is different for everyone else. Given my practice though, I think the longest I've done a headstand was ~10 mins until I felt my balance giving way and came away with a neck discomfort the following day. I believe that a few things will cave-in first before capilaries start rupturing...if at all. If I want to do 10 minutes again, I would break it down to 5 reps of 2 mins each. The middle way is still the key.

Nick LianNick USA
(May 21, 2020) Dam dude thats tight. Good job.

Joyce Philips Boy BluesJo Australia
(May 21, 2020) Loved it!! Someone's watched it a lot!!

Jason RoblesJason Philippines
(May 21, 2020) Alak pa!

Ayn LatonioAyn Philippines
Vinyasa Krama by Srivatsa Ramaswami
(May 21, 2020) Siddhis

Saffiya ArnousSaffiya France
Power of Laugh
(May 21, 2020) Oooh so funny you're at Mut Mee! I love this place! Say hello to the owners, maybe they remember me haha 🙂

Rob FewsterRob United Kingdom
(May 21, 2020) Wow I'm gonna try that!

Vesna Milosavljevic DeleonVesna Serbia
(May 21, 2020) Bravo! End, now a Sirsasana again! 🙂

Yogayantra Dominique RDominique
(May 21, 2020) A lot to say about this posture. When I teach the anatomy of this posture, it takes me 90 minutes to make it short.

(May 21, 2020) There is a profound reason Tirumalai Krishnamacharya calls the Sirsasana the King of Asanas. It is one of a few asanas considered to be a mudra at the same time. I believe he performed 64 (?) permutations of Sirsasana to A.G. Mohan to prove his claim.

Yoga YantraDominique
(May 21, 2020) Enjoy

(May 21, 2020) Ha-ha, that was a long read. I agree with the concerns cited. Sirsasana is not a beginner pose. I already had a strong practice of 6 years before I even attempted my first Sirsasana. With proficiency, it's now an integral part of my routine.

Sirsasana Blogs:

  1. Sirsasana A & B May 20, 2020
  2. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  3. Yoga Makaranda II: Sirsasana, Sarvangasana Oct 7, 2016

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At the Khua Din Bus Terminal, you can board the #14 bus bound for Buddha Park. It will make a stop on the Friendship Bridge border - 15 mins, B8000. Go to Laos Immigration to exit. Board the special bus to cross the Friendship Bridge, Kip 4,000 or Baht 20. It will stop at Thai Immigration. Get processed. From there, board a tuk-tuk for Nong Khai, 5kms.

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