Sheersha Asana is a very famous, advantageous and most talked about Yoga posture in the world over. The disease-removing qualities which are there in all the 8.4 million Yoga postures taken together, are there in this single Yoga posture. Therefore, the entire Yoga education and practice can be found in Sirsha Asana alone. That is why this posture is called the King of all Yoga Postures. However, great care and caution must be used while practicing this posture. Many persons, after coming to know of great advantages of this posture, do this posture wrongly as a result of which, instead of benefiting from this posture, they run into grief. In ordinary books, on the one hand the benefits of this posture are exaggerated and on the other hand, the writers do not caution about the precautions to be taken while practicing this posture.
How to Do Sheersha Asana or Sirsha Asana
- Spread a blanket or a sheet of fabric on the floor and sit in the Toughie posture (Vajra Asana) (described earlier). Bend forward and place your knees some distance away on the floor. The first two inches of your head (beginning from the end of your forehead where there is first line of hair) is best suited for use in Sheersha Asana. This part is to be put on a slightly thicker cloth (folded blanket or folded towel).
- Now interlock the fingers of both the hands. Keep a distance of about one or one-and-a-half foot between your feet. Put your head on the thicker fabric (stated above) and near your hands.
- Check out that the head is stable between your hands and does not fall behind when pressure is put on it.
- Raise the knees above the ground.
- Slowly bring your feet towards your head.
- This way, once you have properly balanced your body, raise your hips. When you do this, then the upper part of your feet (heels) will move away from your body and will rise above the ground.
- Straighten your knees. In this position, your body will be straight but upside down. Take care to ascertain whether your body is straight or not, Simultaneously, you should not feel any difficulty in balancing your body. Slowly, when you have been able to master each and every step, you will soon be able to be in this posture.
- However you must not hasten to get quick success. In beginning, it is sufficient to remain in this posture (The Headland) for 15-20 seconds, which period should be slowly increased to 30-60 seconds. Thereafter, this period can be increased even to 6-10 min. Some Yoga practitioners favour remaining in this posture for 30 min. to 1 hour. It should, however, be remembered that there is a difference between the yogis, spiritual practitioners & those who are ordinary persons living in a family.
The yogis practice Yoga for a long time for attaining yogic powers. The ordinary persons have to practice Yoga along with their daily chores. Therefore, the Yoga practitioner should keep in mind the good & bad effects of Yoga and also the availability of rime while practicing Yoga. The Headstand affects the brain also. Therefore, you have to take care that you do not get any adverse effects like headache, vertigo, etc even in half a minute. In case you experience these symptoms, then the practice time may be reduced.
Breathing of This Yoga Asana
Immediately before entering the last stage and while returning to the normal position, perform breathe in and hold your breath. During the last stage, breathing will remain normal.
Spiritually, you should concentrate on Sahastradkar Chakra (described elsewhere). Physically, you should concentrate on balancing your body.
Benefits of Sirshasana
This Yoga posture provides strength to all the body organs. This increases blood supply in the brain and prostate gland. Reverse flow of blood collected in the feet and stomach region, helps in formation of new cells. This removes the malfunctioning of all the glands, particularly reproductive glands. This posture is also beneficial in a number of psychiatric disorders.
The Headstand is considered to be the king of all postures, so far as curing the ailments is concerned. There is hardly any ailment, which is not made better by the Headstand The disease-curing properties in all the 8.4 millions Yoga postures taken together, are found in Headstand alone. This posture benefits ailments of eyes, premature graying of hair, hair loss, blood impurities, leprosy and menstrual complications in women. To cure cold and catarrh, this is a sure-shot posture.
The most of the psychiatric ailments get cured with it. This posture is said to cure even lunacy. However, it that should be remembered that this posture is to be practiced after learning it from an able Yoga teacher. Practice of this posture cures many ailments of semen and sperm in men as a result of which it brings glow on the face of the practitioner. Yoga literature has gone to the extent of saying that this posture can even keep death and old age at bay. Many a times, even difficult diseases like hernia have also been seen to have been cured. Swatma Rama, a disciple of the great yogi Gorakh Nath has written in Hatha Yoga Preepika as follow:-
Whatever elixir flows like a moon-light from the ceiling of our brain, is consumed by the Sun that is present in the navel.
Therefore, we get old.
With the practice of Sheershasana,
the process is reversed.
Those who practice Sheershasana daily
according to their ability and in proper way,
never get old because
there is moon present on the ceiling of the brain
from where elixir flows
and the great fire which is burning
like the Sun in the navel,
does not let that elixir to get destroyed.
With the practice of this yoga posture, a person attains spiritual and yogic bliss as a result of which he is able to control his sexual urges. It stops unnecessary drifting of mind from one thing, to the other. The will power becomes strong and the person has all the qualities of a human being.
Precautions for Sheersh Asana
- Those suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure), heart palpitation and uneasiness should not practise this posture.
- With this posture, most of the blood present in the body gets collected in the head. Those, who have not practised other postures before they come to the Headstand, have more toxins in their body in comparison to those who regularly practise other Yoga postures. Therefore, one should well practise other Yoga postures before they choose to perform the Headstand.
- One must have fairly perfected the The Shounderstand (Sarwanga Asana) before practicing the Headstand. This will help in balancing the body.
- One should practice this posture only after carefully learning the method.
- This posture should be practiced at the end of all other Yoga postures (except the Corpse Posture and the Palm Tree Posture which should be practiced after the Headstand).
- If you are suffering any ailment of the eye, ear, nose or throat, then wait till you are fully cured, before you practice this posture.
- Those older than fifty years of age, must carefully consider pros and cons of this posture, before starting to practice it.
- Those of you who do not, or are unable to, practice the Headstand, should content themselves with the Shoulderstand. They will be equally benefited with this posture also.
- In hypertension, this posture does not bring any harm, provided that one or more organ of the body has not already been affected with hypertension.
- Women should not practice this posture during pregnancy and during their periods.