Urdhva padmasana is much more stable than sirshasana in the final pose. It is therefore a very useful asana for long periods in the inverted position. However, greater care must be taken to ensure that one does not lose balance, since the feet are no longer available to prevent vulnerable parts of the body hitting the floor in the case ofa fall. For this reason, we strongly suggest that you do not practise urdhva padmasana until you are able to do sirshasana without even the slightest difficulty; you should feel as comfortable in the inverted position as you do on your own two feet. If you want to practise urdhva padmasana but are not sure ofyourself, then do it near a wall.
Urdhva padmasana gives basically the same benefits as sirshasana, except that the drainage of blood from the legs is impeded. It is therefore worthwhile practising sirshasana for a few minutes before doing urdhva padmasana.
The following advice applies to all three variations of sirshasana. Furthermore, most of the information given for sirshasana also applies to these variations1.
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