Asana of The Month: One-leg Revolved Headstand (parivrttaikapada sirsasana)

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One-leg Revolved headstand is a variation of Supported Headstand with many of the same physical and mental benefits. Always obtain profession instruction form a certified yoga instructor before attempting headstands to avoid neck injuries.

Caution: Inverted poses may increase eye pressure. Read More.

English Name: One-leg Revolved Headstand

Sanskrit Name: Parivrttaikapada Sirsasana

Difficulty Level: 6

Start Position: Supported Headstand

Instructions:

Step 1.

Starting in Supported Headstand, separate your legs and rotate them clockwise or counterclockwise.

Step 2.

Hold the pose for a few breaths and them rotate your legs in the opposite direction (counterclockwise or clockwise). Hold the pose for a few breaths.

Step 3.

When you are ready to come out of the pose, place one foot (leg in front of you) on the floor and then the other foot. Bend both knees and bring your body down to the floor.

Physical Benefits:

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

Mental Benefits

  • Improves focus
  • Calms the mind
  • Relieves mild anxiety
  • Relieves mild stress

Contraindications:

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

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