Stage 1 (For Beginners)
1) Put your yoga mat into a comer, kneel down in front of it and place your interlocked fingers in the comer close to the walls.
2) Put your head into the hollow of the palms, rise off the knees and take a step or two towards the comer.
Lift one leg and place it in the comer against the wall. If you are a little unsure, ask a friend to hold the leg and put it in the corner. Now, just kick the other leg up. Stay there for about 15 seconds, trying to remain relaxed.
3) To come out of the headstand, just lower one leg at a time. Again, if you feel unsure, ask your friend to hold one of your legs while you lower the other.
4) Start off in the headstand for about 15 seconds. Increase the time by 15 seconds every week until you are doing three minutes.
Stage 2 (The Standard Headstand)
1) Kneel down on your yoga mat. Interlock the fingers of your hands and place them and your forearms on the extra padding on the yoga mat. Keep the elbows fairly close together.
2) Place the back of your head into the hollow of the palms (not on the palms or fingers). Rise up off your knees and take a step or two towards your head.
3)Inhale, and slowly raise the legs until they are vertical. Keep your back straight and try to relax. Breathe slowly and deeply from the abdomen.
4)Concentrate on the brain or the pineal gland between the eyebrows. To come down, bend your knees and lower one leg and then the other. As for the beginners' stage, start off in the headstand for about 15 seconds and increase the time by 15 seconds every week, until you are doing three minutes.
1) shirsasana increases circulation to the brain, which causes improved brain function (intelligence and memory) and increased vitality,concentration and confidence.
2) It improves many ailments, such as nervousness, tension, fatigue, sleeplessness, dullness, fear, poor blood circulation, bad memory, asthma, headaches, constipation, congested throat, liver or spleen, for female disorders, the initial stages of eye and nose troubles, and general lack of energy, vitality or self confidence.
3) It stimulates endocrine glands - the pituitary, the pineal, the thyroid, and the parathyroid glands that are responsible for our very existence, for they keep the body mechanism in good working order.
4) It promotes hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp.
5) It helps to put the spine into correct alignment.
6) It restores the position of vital organs by reversing gravity.
7) The quality of sleep is improved. Poor sleep is often due to an excess of nerve impulses from the reticular formation to the cerebral cortex in the brain.
Guidelines: People with eye problems,neck injury/pain,Atherosclerosis (blocked blood vessels),hypertension,heart diseases,vertigo should avoid shirsasana.