The practice in which the navel is above and the palate below, the Sun above and the
Moon below is known as Viparitakarani (topsy turvy pose), it can be learnt from
the words uttered by a Guru. On the first day one should remain for a very short
time with one's head below and feet above. The duration of this practice should
be gradually increased day by day.
Sirsasana by its name is not found
in old yogic texts. But above quoted verse of Viparitakarani suggest about
- Sit on soles. place knees on the ground.
- Frame finger lock with
- Making a triangle from finger-lock and elbows, place it
- Bending forward, place middle of the head on the ground
- Now straighten your legs.
- Slowly bring
the legs neck your body.
- Soles will automatically leave the ground
by practise and thighs knees will touch the abdomen.
- Now keeping the
balance straighten your legs from thigh-joint, knees will remain folded.
- Now straighten the knees also and completely balance your body on head.
- While returning to the original position fold your knee first. Then fold
your legs from thigh and let the thigh and knee touch your abdomen.
slowly place the soles on the ground. Slowly raise your head also and sit on soles.
Benefits and Limitations :-
practising Sirsasana, place that part of your head on the ground on which the
spine can remain erect.
- Do not raise your tegs with jerk. Slow and
gradual practice will "raise your legs up automatically.
- In the
beginning practise it under the guidance of a teacher because there is a fear
of falling down.
- While returning, do not raise your head soon after
completing Asana. There remains a fear of getting giddiness. Therefore, keep your
head near finger-lock for some time and then raise it up.
- This increases the blood circulation in head and
memory power is improved.
- This strengthens the nervous-centres of the
whole body and maintains the health of endocrine gland.
- Digestive system
is also benefitted through this Asana.
- According to Swami Kuvalayanandaji
it is beneficial against congested throat, diseases of liver and spleen and in
- Those suffering from high blood pressure, running ear
or heart disease should not practise it.
- Those having cough or chronic
cold also should not practise it.
- Persons suffering from constipation
should practise it carefully.