Sirsasana or Sirshasana (Headstand Asana)
Sirsasana is the king of all the yoga poses and one of the must do exercises with great benefits. The name comes from the Sanskrit words Shirsha meaning “head”,and Asana meaning “posture.” The practice of Sirsasana may increase the flow of blood to the brain; improve memory and other functions of the cerebrum. Sirsasana gives relief in problems like common cold, cough, tonsillitis, halitosis and it cures constipation, nervous and hepatic types of asthma.
To perform Sirsasana kneel down and rest the forearms on the floor, so that the distance between the elbows should be equal to that of shoulders. Interlock the fingers completely so that palms form a cup and place the palms on the ground. Rest the top of the head on the floor so that the back of the head touches the palms and move the knees towards the head. While inhaling, raise the knees slowly from the floor by moving the toes closer to the head. Legs should be stretched and then stand on the head. After closing your eyes, breathe normally for a few times. Exhaling, bring down the legs gradually to the ground and your head should be on the ground touching the palms. Now, slowly come back to normal posture.