Shirshasana – Steps – Benefits



This pose is the most recognized yoga pose than the other poses. Standing on one’s head is called Sirsasana. It is also called the king of the asanas, so one can practice this asana after having mastery in other asanas.


  1. Interlock the fingers tightly, palms forming a cup.
  2. Place the head on the formed cup so that the crown of the head touches the palms.
  3. Raise the knees from the floor by pulling the toes towards the head. Slowly raise your legs upwards from the floor.
  4. After the body gets properly balanced in this position, gradually and slowly straighten the legs.
  5. Take care that you maintain equilibrium and you don’t fall backwards
  6. Make sure that the spine and thighs are in line, straight and vertical.
  7. Relax the whole body as much as possible.
  8. Close the eyes
  9. Breathe slowly and deeply.
  10. This is the final pose of sirsasana. Stay in the final pose for a comfortable length of time.  Come back by flexing the knees and sliding them down to the floor in reverse order


  • Stimulates pituitary and pineal glands, which aid growth and the production of sex hormones
  • Strengthens the spine, neck, shoulders, and arms
  • Tones the legs and abdominals
  • Relieves a buildup of fluid in the legs and feet
  • Allows a healthy, pure blood flow to brain cells
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Aids in the treatment of headaches, anxiety, asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, depression, diabetes, insomnia, and symptoms of menopause
  • Increases mental awareness and clarity
  • Calms and soothes the mind
  • May reverse the effects of lethargy, sleep loss, and memory loss
  • Stimulates and strengthens the lungs, facilitating healthy breathing
  • Improves posture and digestion
  • Aids in the relief of tonsillitis, persistent coughing, common cold, bad breath, and palpitations
  • Helps overcome problems of the liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and reproductive organs by reversing the pull of gravity
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