• Thanushree Anil

How to do a headstand perfectly?

Remember the head should only have less than 10% of the bodyweight

Salamba Shirshasana or Shirshasana but mostly known as the headstand provides stress relief, helps your mind to stay focused, circulation of the blood flow to the eyes, head and scalp, stimulates the lymphatic system, they help in feeling alive and say bye-bye to mental fatigue, depression and you can see the word inverted!

If you are a beginner its absolutely crucial and is always advised to have an instructor with you whenever you attempt to do a headstand. Doing a headstand has its perks when done strictly but when indolently done it could cause nerve damages. Alignment of the backbone, the legs, the entire body needs to be accounted for.

There are so many variations for a headstand, each to be flexed very delicately

Salamba Shirshasana 2

Headstand 2 (palms down, shoulder width)

Salamba Shirshasana 3

Headstand 3 (palms down, in front of face)

Baddha Hasta Shirshasana

Bound Hands Headstand

Baddha Konasana Shirshasana

Bound Angle Pose in Headstand


Dvi Pada Viparita Dandasana

Headstand Backbend

Eka Pada Shirshasana

Single-Leg Headstand

Mukta Hasta Shirshasana

Free Hands Headstand

Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana

Single-Leg Revolved Headstand

Parshva Shirshasana

Side Headstand

Parshvaikapada Shirshasana

Single-Leg Headstand

Upavistha Konasana Shirshasana

Seated Angle Pose in Headstand

Urdhva Padmasana in Shirshasana

Upward Lotus in Headstand

Force, loading rate and neck angle are the crucial aspects that you should work with. While trying to or doing Shirshasana try to give less force to the head while exiting from the pose and while entering.

The loading rate is connected with the strain rate as in how much change occurs to the shape of the tissue when a load is applied and the speed in which the load is applied.

Take baby steps while doing a headstand, go slow, take your time to invert.

Step by step moves:-


To ease up into the headstand:

Lift your right foot to bring your right knee to your chest.

Take a few deep breaths. When you feel steady, inhale and engage your core muscles.

In a slow, controlled, movement exhale as you lift your left foot and bring it to your chest alongside your right.

Breathe deeply and keep your core engaged for as long as you remain in the headstand pose.



You can also try this method of getting into the pose: