Head Stand Pose Salamba Sirsasana

Sirsanna is nicknamed "king" of all the asanas

Head Stand Pose - Salamba Sirsasana

Type of Pose - Inversion


sa -with

alamba- that on which one rests or leans, support


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Skeletal and Muscular requirments for Salamba Sirasana ( supported head stand)

To attain this position, you need flexibility in two muscles: the pectoralis major and the anterior deltoid.

Your Skeleton must support you, that is your bones must stack neatly so they bear most of your weight.

When aligned properly the only work your muscles have to do is to contract once in a while to correct to position of your bones when they drift off line.

To get your arms into the correct position you need flexibility in the pectoralis major muscle and the front ( anterior) part of the deltoid muscle.

The pectoralis major connects the front of your upper arm to your collarbone ( clavicle) and to the front of your chest ( the sternum, rib cartilages and upper abdominal connective tissue)

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Learning to lengthen or compensate for length in your pectoralis major and the anterior deltoid muscles can transform the agony of a misaligned shoulder stand into the ecstasy of a pose that is upright and true.
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When your body is lined up correctly, you can breath more easily because your belly and chest are open and the muscles surrounding them are relaxed enough to allow free movement.

When you are able to create proper skeletal support the posture will require minimal muscular effort and your breath will flow easily. This will allow you to rest in the pose for a long time with out fatigue.

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The Goal of Yoga ( No, Its not the Hand Stand)

The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your head in not the goal.

The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you've built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates.

To make peace with who you are.

The goal is to love, well....You.

Come to your yoga mat to feel; not to accomplish.

Shift your focus and your heart will grow.

~Rachel Brathen


Skeletal and Muscular requirements for Salamba Sirsasana ( supported head stand) as well as Breathing Retrieved from:


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