Sirsasana, of its full name Salamba Sirsasana is one of the most important postures in yoga hence its nickname of the King of postures. In Sanskrit, sirsa means "head" and salamba "support, support". The simple variant as seen in this sequence is the basis from which we decline several variants.
Reversing the final pose brings a rush of fresh blood to the neurons. Regular practice of this asana opens up new spiritual horizons as this posture increases mental clarity, the ability to concentrate and sharpens memory. Practicing this posture using the wall, looking at it, helps to better work the body's proprioception in space. Very often, Sirsasana is taught with the back to the wall, so the students climb very easily into the posture but without paying attention to the alignment or to the work of balance.
Once in the posture, you have to straighten the whole body and grow from the arms to the toes, opening the breastbone so as to develop the chest on all sides. The knees are active and the legs in line with the body which is perpendicular to the ground. The abdominals are tucked in to stretch the lower back. This posture must be practiced from the spine and not from the brain, it is not the strength that is the key to this posture but the balance that must be found on the top of the head effortlessly.
The different benefits of this posture are that it gives vigor, helps fight insomnia, reduces heart rate, fights bad breath, strengthens the lungs, improves the functioning of the pituitary and epiphysis , increases hemoglobin level in the blood, relieves symptoms of colds and tonsillitis and coughs, relieves digestive and elimination problems when practiced with Salamba Sarvangasana. Mastered Sirsansa brings a feeling of lightness to the brain and complete relaxation throughout the body.
VIRASANA on brick
- chants of OM
- setting up Ujjayi breathing
➞ PARIVRTTA VIRASANA (R / L)
NECK STRETCH (R / L)
- place one hand behind the skull + tilt the head to that side + look around towards the armpit
ADHO MUKHA VIRASANA with elbows bent on bricks high, palms of the hands against each other, thumbs between the shoulder blades
- stretch leg + opposite arm horizontally + hand on back of the skull by pulling elbow forward shoulder height (R / L)
➞ ADHO MUKHA VIRASANA
SURYA NAMASKARA C
- AMVIR / BHUJANGASANA / LOW SLOT with ARDHA GOMUKHASANA arm / AMS (R / L)
- AMVIR / ARDHA CHATU / UMS / HIGH SLOT with GOMUKHASANA arm / AMS (D / L)
|| - AMVIR / CHATURANGA / VIRABHADRASANA I / VINYASA / AMS (D / G)
ADHO MUKHA VIRASANA
➞ ARDHA UTTANASANA
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