Mukta Hasta Sirsasana
Mukta = Let Loose, free, Liberated.
Hasta = hand, the hand or the forearm.
Sirsa = The head.
The benefits are aplenty..
.. it Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
.. Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands
.. Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
.. Strengthens the lungs
.. Tones the abdominal organs
.. Improves digestion
.. Improves circulation
.. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
.. Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
.. enhance your overall mood
.. sharpening your concentration and your senses
.. overcome fear (and you’ll become braver than before)
.. enhance connection to your inner self.
“Headstand comes with spiritual and energetic, or pranic, benefits. Prana is the life force that flows through your body, a force that includes sexual energy. Headstand enhances your overall prana, but it also transforms the sexual energy into spiritual energy, known as ojas. An increase in ojas, in turn, can improve your spiritual practices such as meditation. The headstand also offers a whole new way of looking at the world by flipping you upside down.”
If this pose has a lot of advantages, it does not mean that it is harmless. Therefore before engaging yourself into something, ask yourself if you can commit to practice the pose over and over again. Make sure that your body is properly ready for this pose. No one can perfect a particular pose without earning bruises and other unpleasant results. It is advisable to have a hands-on yoga teacher’s supervision. Enroll yourself in a studio, then if you are confident enough, you can continue practicing at home.
Back and Neck injury: Cervical Spine Compression
Pressure Spikes: Eye pressure
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure: Don’t start practice with this pose
Pregnancy: If you are experienced with this pose, you can continue to practice it late into pregnancy. However, don’t take up the practice of Sirsasana after you become pregnant.
Your Gaze is your Nasagra/Nose.
Hence this pose is advanced, you can enter into this pose through one of your preferred headstand. However, if you have problems with staying up there alone, you can ask someone to guide you (a teacher) or you can take advantage the walls in your house (for sure you have many at home or at a studio). Just make sure you are a distant away from any appliances or hard objects if you are practicing at home (to prevent injuries when you fall or lose your balance). You don’t want to hit your knees or shins on a table. If you need additional support like blocks, you are welcome to do so.
If you cannot stay inverted for a long time. Do not feel frustrated. It may sound cliche, but patience is the virtue. You can always return to the pose anytime. “When first attempting a headstand pose, stay in position for 10 breaths, and then gradually increase the amount of time each time you practice the pose. If the pose becomes too easy no matter how long you hold the position, then deepen it by turning your wrists”.