Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: Eagle Headstand (garuda salamba sirsasana)


Eagle Headstand is a variation of Supported Headstand with the same contraindications, and physical and mental benefits. Headstands and arm stands are not for everyone especially if you have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma. A small study raised concerns about inverted poses increasing eye pressure. Consult with your optometrist or ophthalmologist before doing this or any other inverted poses. Severe neck injury can occur if not done properly. Reduce the risk of injury by consulting a certified yoga teacher.

English Name: Eagle Head Stand

Sanskrit Name: Garuda Salamba Sirsasana

Difficulty Level: 6

Start Position: Supported Headstand


Step 1.

When you are in supported headstand, separate your legs and cross your left or right leg over the opposite leg.

Step 2.

Hook the crossed leg foot behind the ankle of the opposite foot.

Step 3.

Hold for a few breaths and then repeat with the opposite leg.

Step 4.

Return to headstand, bend your knees and return one or both feet to the floor.

Physical Benefits:

  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens back muscles
  • Improves balance
  • Strengths arms, legs, and abdomen
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces varicose veins
  • Reduce leg edema

Mental Benefits

  • Enhances focus
  • Calms the mind
  • Relieve mild anxiety
  • Relieve mild stress


  • Heart disease
  • Arm, head, neck or back injury
  • High blood pressure
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache