The practice which the navel is above and the palate below, the Sun above and and the Moon below is known as viparitakarani (topsy turvy pose). it can be learnt from the words uttered by Guru. On the first day one should remain for a very short time with one 39;s head below and feet above. the duration of this practice should be gradually increased day by day.
Note : Sirsasana by its name is not found in old yogic texts. But
above quoted verse of viparitakarani suggest about Sirsasana.
- Sit on soles. place knees on the ground.
- Frame finger-lock with both hands.
- Making a triangle from finger-lock and elbows, place it on ground.
- Bending forward, place middle of the head on the ground near
- Now straighten your legs.
- Slowly bring the legs near near your body.
- Soles will automatically leave the ground by practise and thighs and
knees will touch the abdomen.
- Now keeping the balance straighten your legs from thigh-joint, knees
will remain folder.
- Now straighten the knees also and completely balance your body on
- While returning to the original position fold your knee first. Then
fold your legs from thigh and let the knee touch your abdomen.
- Now slowly place the soles on the ground. Slowly raise your head also
and sit on soles.
- While practising Sirsasana, place that part of your head on the ground
on which the spine can remain erect.
- Do not raise you legs with jerk. slow and gradual practice will raise
your legs up automatically.
- In the beginning practice it under the guidance of a teacher because
there is a fear of falling down.
- While returning, do not raise your head soon after completing asana.
there remains a fear of getting giddiness. therefore, keep your head
near finger-lock for some time and then raise it up.
Benefits and Limitations
- This increases the blood circulation in head and memory power is
- This strengthens the nervous-content of the whole body and maintain the
health of endocrine gland.
- Digestive system is also benefited through this Asana.
- According to swami Kuvalayanandaji it is beneficial against congested
throat, diseases of liver and spleen and in.
- Those suffering from high blood pressure, running ear or heart disease
should not practise it.
- Those having cough or chronic cold also should not practise it.
- Persons suffering from constipation should practise it carefully.