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King of asanas, the Headstand or Sirshasana is one of the most powerfully beneficial postures for both, mind and body. By reversing the normal effects of gravity, it rests the heart, aids the circulation, and relieves pressure on the lower back. Practiced regularly, it helps in preventing back problems and improve memory, concentration, and the sensory faculties. Inverting the body also makes you breathe deeply, bringing a fresh supply of oxygen-rich blood to the brain - any slight breathing difficulty you experience at first will quickly pass. Mastering the Headstand requires no great strength. It is largely a matter of conquering your fears and believing you can do it. The key to balance is the tripod formed by elbows and hands - make sure your elbows don't shift out of position.

Caution: People with high blood pressure glaucoma or a detached retina should refrain from attempting the headstand.

cyberastro 1. Standing with your feet together, exhale. Then inhale and raise your arms above your head. Lift your head up, making yourself as tall as possible, so as to lengthen the spine. As you exhale, fold forward from the pelvis. Keep your Knees and spine as straight as you can.
cyberastro cyberastro 2. Come down as far as possible and either grasp your ankles or clasp hold of your big toes with thumbs and index fingers, as below. Pull your head in toward your shins and breathe deeply in the pose. Come out of the position slowly, inhaling. Stretch your arms above your head, then lower them down by your sides.