King of Asana - Sirsasana
Rajesh says, “In this posture we have to balance the body on our head, with the legs up in the air. This asana continues to be the favourite posture of yogis and many eminent personalities”. He points out several health benefits associated with Shirshasana, such as:
1) Sirshasana improves the functions of the brain, brain centres and sensory organs.
2) This yoga pose influences and improves the nervous system and endocrine system.
3) It also helps overcome issues like fatigue, excessive sleep, heaviness of head, weak memory etc.
4) The pituitary, thyroid and para-thyroid glands gets good blood supply, which improves their functioning.
5) Improves memory
6) Sirshasana also prevents premature greying or falling of hair.
7) Strengthens the lungs
He adds that this yoga pose needs a well developed body to help one stand on one's head. “Sirshasana is an advanced pose, which should be performed under expert guidance. It also needs a strong core,” explains Rajesh.
Rajesh Sharma also lists out some ground rules. Sirshasana should not be practiced by the following people:
1) Those with neck, back or waist injuries and those suffering from spondylitis, spondylolysis, etc.
2) Problem with the spine.
3) Avoid Sirshasana if you are suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and breathing problems.
4) Do not do Shirshasana if you have retinal issues, weak eyes and capillaries, blocked nostrils and inflammation anywhere in the upper body.
5) Do not practice this asana during menstruation.