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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.

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1. Kneel down and rest your weight on your forearms. Wrap your hands around your elbows. 2. Release your hands and place them in front of you, with fingers interlocked. Your elbows now stay in this position. 3. Place the back of your head in your clasped hands and the top of your head on the floor. The hands and elbows form a tripod, making a firm foundation for the inverted body.
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4. Now straighten your knees and raise your hips. 5. Without bending the knees, walk your feet in as close to your head as possible. Pull your hips back so that your neck is not bent backward or forward, but is in a straight line with the spine. 6. Bend your knees in to your chest and lift feet off the floor, pulling your hips backward as you do so. Pause at this point - do not immediately attempt to raise your knees higher.