Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand Pose)

English Name(s)
Supported Headstand Pose
शीर्षासन / Salamba Śīrṣasana
sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna
Salamba : “supported”
Śīrṣa : “head”
āsana: “posture”

Also regarded as the King of Yoga Asanas or poses, Salamba Sirsana is a variation of the traditional Headstand pose. It displays a person’s strength, beauty and control.

The Supported Headstand Pose should only be performed when you are confident that you can handle the pressure of your body weight. It should be practiced early in the morning. Your stomach and bowels should be empty. A 10 to 12 hours interval is required between consuming your meal and practicing this pose.

Physical Benefits:

During Salamba Sirsasana, since your body is in an upside down position, your eyes, ears, brain and other parts of your face get a rush of oxygenated blood. This reverses the aging process by flushing out the toxins and gives you a healthy glow.

This asana improves blood circulation. As a result, your cardiovascular and lymphatic systems end up getting rejuvenated. Apart from that, this pose also enhances the functioning of your respiratory and immune systems.

Varicose veins are reduced by practicing this pose since the pressure in your legs and feet decreases. This asana also lowers stress levels and can prevent premature greying of hair.

The Supported Headstand Pose tones your body and improves digestion. It helps to cure diabetes, headaches, migraine and can also help prevent asthma from occurring.

This pose has positive effects on infertility, asthma, insomnia and sinusitis. For women, it regulates the reproductive and menstrual cycles. It also eases the symptoms of menopause.

Energetic Benefits:

Salamba Sirsasana re-energizes your whole body. It helps to develop mental clarity. It also improves your memory and concentration.

This pose redirects your sexual energy towards a higher usage so that you can intensify your spiritual yoga practice. It is said that the Ajna or the Third Eye Chakra rules over our psychic abilities, intuition and spirituality. Practicing this asana opens your third eye and supplies energy to it.

During this pose, your body goes through intense stretching, which helps to soothe your mind. The Supported Headstand Pose also relieves stress and can be used to cure mild depression.


Salamba Sirsasana is an advanced level pose and should be performed with utmost caution. It should be practiced under the strict supervision of your yoga teacher.

If you have a back or neck injury, then you must skip this asana. Pregnant women should not perform it as it can harm them and their fetus.

People with fat bodies should avoid practicing this pose because their body weight can end up placing unwanted pressure on their neck and eyes.

If you have high blood pressure, then you should refrain from for practicing this pose. Also, if you are suffering from heart conditions, you can give this asana a miss.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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