Method of falling

Before starting to practise sirshasana you should make sure that you know how to fall properly, especially if you practise away from a wall. This is not being pessimistic; it is a worthwhile precaution. It is better to be safe than sorry, as the well-known saying goes. We don't expect you to fall, but it can happen even to those people who have been practising sirshasana for years.

If you fall the body should be relaxed; don't stiffen the body. You must allow the body to fall like a sack. If you fall forwards, that is, the same direction as your face, then you should fold the knees into the chest as much as possible. The impact on the floor should be sustained by the feet only. Ifyou fall backwards, that is, behind the head, then the back should be arched as much as possible. The impact again should be sustained by the feet. No part of the back should hit the floor before the feet.

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