Need to spice up or intensify your practice? The Tripod Headstand pose (Sirsasana II) is a wonderful and challenging inversion to add to your list of asanas! I like to do this pose in the middle of my practice after my body is warmed up from a couple of sun salutations. But for your safety, please consult your doctor before attempting this pose if you are suffering from any neck, arm or shoulder injuries.
Benefits Of Tripod Headstand Pose
Tripod Headstands main benefit is building up your core strength. It strengthens and stretches your abdominal muscles and your leg muscles. Sirsasana II also enhances concentration and mental awareness. This pose improves your balance, self-esteem and confidence. It makes me smile after holding it for a while. J It’s a natural healer for headaches, mild congestion, stress, fatigue, constipation and poor circulation.
Tripod Headstand Pose Step-by-Step
- Start from a neutral tabletop position, where your hands are directly under your shoulders, knees directly under the hips.
- Slowly take the top of your head to touch the floor about six inches in front of your hands and lift your hips up and back so that your torso is almost vertically straight.
- Engage your core as you bend your knees and shift your hips forward to take your feet up.
- Gradually straighten your legs and you got it!
- Try to stay for full five breaths and gently release the way you came up.
- Not sure where the crown of your head is? Try balancing a block on top of it. Once you’ve got it, just imagine that’s where the floor should be touching your head when your getting into this pose so that you’re not hurting your neck.
- Also, your two palms and your head, the only three points of contact on the floor should form an equilateral triangle.
- Make sure that your arms are at right angles like in our Chaturangas (Four-Limbed Staff pose) and that your shoulder blades are glued to your back, lengthening your neck. No splaying of the elbows!
- It’s very important to engage your core and center your energy, possibly envisioning it as a straight line from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. Keeping this in mind will not only make it easier to flow into the pose but also protect your whole spine.
Smile as well. It’s good for your soul. ;)
I hope you all enjoy my version of this break down of this pose. As always, I’m a click away if there’s any questions or comments. Thank you for your time! Feel free to share the love!
Until next time, have a glorious week filled with laughter and joy!