Persons who should not do sirshasana

There is a wide range of people who should not attempt sirshasana. They include sufferers of the following ailments:

• High blood pressure

• Weak or malfunctioning heart

• Cerebral or coronary thrombosis

• Arteriosclerosis

• Weak eye blood vessels

• Conjunctivitis and chronic glaucoma

• Any form of haemorrhage in the head

• Otia (inflammation of the ears)

• Chronic catarrh (sirshasana can help in the early stages, but can aggravate the condition in the later chronic stages)

• Slipped disc (if you have a slipped disc it is very difficult to raise the body to the final pose)

• Extremely impure blood, since the impurities could be directed into the brain. If you are not sure about the condition of your blood then you should seek expert advice. One sure indication of impure blood is chronic constipation and excessive spots and pimples.

• Kidney problems, since this could possibly imply that your blood is not being efficiently cleaned of waste materials.

This is only a brief list. There are many other types of ailments which preclude the practice of sirshasana. Again if you are not sure, contact a yoga school or ashram for proper guidance.

Before attempting to practise sirshasana, make sure that you are not one of the people who should not do it.

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