Asanas Practice

Here we will describe three of a number of variations of sirshasana, the headstand pose1:

1. Salamba sirshasana

2. Niralamba sirshasana

3. Urdhva padmasana

Generally, we recommend sirshasana in its basic form; rarely do we teach its variations. But many yoga enthusiasts will find the variations well worth practising since they have definite characteristics and uses of their own. It is for this reason that we will discuss them here.


The word salamba means 'with support, supported'. In English, this asana can be called 'supported headstand pose'. It is so called because the hands and arms are actively used to maintain the final pose.

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