Sivananda Yoga calls the headstand a ‘cure for all diseases’. The headstanding posture benefits the endocrine glands and the digestive system. It helps to pump blood quickly to the heart and improves the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system channels, helping the body to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste more effectively.
The crown of the head should be on the floor supported by your hands interlocked behind your head.
Your elbows should be at about 80 degrees angle.
There should be no discomfort on the neck. If you feel any pain on the neck come out of the posture.
Concentrate on your breathing and focus on the solar plexus for balance.
Keep the pressure away from the head supporting the body weight mainly with the forearms. Hold this posture for about 3 to 5 minutes to obtain maximum benefit. To come out drop the legs down gradually and rest in the child pose for at least 10 seconds.
The Dolphin posture push up is a good way to strengthen the arms in preparation for the headstand.
The headstand is a good way to finish your yoga practice, followed by the lotus posture.
The headstand is contraindicated for people suffering from high blood pressure, glaucoma and other eye problems, neck pain, excess weight and osteoporosis.
See our Step-by-Step Instructions on How to do the Headstand for a complete guide on how to do the headstand yoga posture.