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Tripod Headstand (Sirsana II)

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Have you been thinking of trying the tripod headstand on your SUP? We give you our step-by-step guide as well as the benefits of doing this pose. Being upside down increases the flow of freshly oxygenated blood to the brain. Get a good warm-up before doing this pose. Sirsana is practiced as part of a finishing sequence, followed almost immediately by meditation and relaxation.

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The tripod headstand is an intermediate to advanced posture that is more of a challenge on a paddleboard. Please be mindful when doing it for the first time on a SUP. Listen to your body and its limits.

Get into it:
  • Begin in a tabletop position with your hands shoulder-width distance apart. Place the crown of your head on the board about six inches in front of your hands, creating an equilateral triangle between all three. Bend the elbows at 90 degrees.
  • Squeeze your triceps toward one another and draw your shoulders down your back. Place your weigh into the crown of your head. Float your knees into your upper arms and curl yourself into a ball.
  • Slowly raise your knees or legs perpendicular to the water. Draw your legs up to the sky. Keep a steady breath and relax. Hold headstand for 1-10 minutes.
  • To get out of the pose, lower your toes back down to the ground and take Child’s Pose. You could also try bringing your knees back to the top of your arms and finish in Bakasana.

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Benefits:

If you’re wondering why people have gone nuts over inversions, it’s because it makes you feel great. Along with giving you a fresh perspective, it also claims to have many other benefits:

  • Strengthens the shoulders, neck and arms
  • Relieves a buildup of fluid in the legs and feet
  • Slows and reverses signs of aging
  • Allows a healthy, pure blood flow to brain cells
  • It increases general vitality of the body.
  • Increases mental awareness and clarity while soothing the mind
  • Improves posture and digestion
Counter poses:

Balasana (child’s pose).
Adho Mukha Svasana (downward facing dog).

Contraindications:

Those suffering from spondylitis, slipped disk and other conditions of the neck and spine should avoid this asana. Also, people with vertigo, high blood pressure, blood impurities, thrombosis and other heart conditions should avoid this pose.

Note: Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.




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