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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. Inhaling, raise the right leg as high as possible; then exhaling, lower it. Repeat with the left leg. Perform three times. 2. Inhaling, raise the right leg then clasp it in both hands and pull it toward you, keeping your head down. Take a few breaths.. 3. Now raise your chin to your shin and hold for one deep breath; then, exhaling, lower the head down. Take a few breaths.