Exercise-81: Sirsha padasana (The head and foot pose)
- Lie in shavasana (the supine position).
- Relax the whole body.
- Now tense the body and raise the trunk so that the entire body is supported only on the head and feet.
- The arms can be initially kept on the floor until balance is attained; then they should be placed on top of the body with the palms on the thighs.
- Hold for as long as you can comfortably retain the breath inside.
- Do not strain.
- Repeat up to 5 times.
Place a blanket under the head to prevent injury.
Not for people with high blood pressure or a weak heart.
- The backward bending asana makes the spinal muscles strong and supple.
- It stimulates the spinal nerves and encourages a fresh flow of blood to them.
- The entire blood circulation is speeded up.
- It strengthens the thigh, abdominal and neck muscles and is an excellent relaxation pose.