The Benefits of Sirsasana

The Benefits of Sirsasana

Psychologically and emotionally, sirsasana is one of the most powerful and beneficial poses you can do. Iyengar describes under his effects of sirsasana the brain as “the seat of intelligence, knowledge, discrimination, wisdom and power…It is the seat of the Brahman, the soul…the human body cannot prosper without a healthy brain.”

Beginners Tip

If you’re new to sirsasana, use the wall for support. The longer you hold the pose, the more you will experience its many benefits. Beginners can work their way up to five minutes. More experienced yogis can last for 30 minutes or longer.

Emotional Benefits

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands

Physical Benefits

  • Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Tones the abdominal organs

Collateral Benefits

  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis

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