Friday, October 14, 2011

Ardh Shirshasan (Half Head Stand Pose)

  • Sit in Vajrasan.
  • Then, interlock all your fingers and inhale (Radhey).
  • While exhaling (Krishna), gently bend your upper body and place your forehead on the floor; ensure your thighs remain perpeduicular to the floor; simultaneously taking support of your elbows rooted on the floor, support the crown with the interlocked fingers. 
  • Ensure the distance between your elbows is between 1-1.5 feet.
  • Now, place your crown between the interlocked fingers.
  • Inhale (Radhey); as you exhale (Krishna), comfortably raise your buttocks and straighten the legs with the support of your feet and arms.
  • Take a step forward and make a triangle with the body and the floor.
  • Remain in this position at your ease with normal breathing.
  • Then, with an inhalation (Radhey), slowly flex your legs and lower the knees to the floor.
  • Then exhale (Krishna); while inhaling (Radhey), come back into Vajrasan.
  • Ultimately, come to Shashankasan and relax.
  • On breathing in and out along with various body movements
  • On the balance
  • On the stretch of the hamstrings
  • On the pressure in the neck and head
  • On always remembering the Divine Names “Radhey Krishna” flowing with your breaths
  • Practicing this asan fortifies the neck muscles and prepares one for Shirshasan—one of
  • the most arduous postures. 
  • Its main benefit is to decrease anxiety and tension.
  • It corrects the upper part of the spine.
  • It develops concentration and memory power.
  • It nourishes the facial skin and hair.
  • It also improves blood circulation and empowers the immune system.
  • People with high blood pressure, heart disease, swollen ears, acute asthma, vertebral problems, myopia (short-sightedness), and weak blood vessels should not perform this asan.

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