Objective:

Increases blood supply to the head, therefore is beneficial for the brain, providing conditioning to the brain, eyes, and ears due to increased blood pressure; Helps to remove mental fatigue, depression, and anxiety;

 Improves memory and the ability to concentrate. This Asana stimulates and regulates all the body's systems. Develops physical and mental contentment and aids spiritual progress.

Safety Instructions and Technique:

  1. Seated in Vajrasana, Interlock your fingers and move your body forward placing the forearms on the floor. Spread the elbows slightly more than shoulder-width apart, forming an equilateral triangle.
  2. Place the crown of your head in the space between your palms. Gently press your hands against your head to get a firm grip.
  3. Raise your buttocks off the floor making the knees and legs straight.
  4. Walk a few steps towards your head, as much as you possibly can (without straining).
  5. Slightly bend the knees, tuck your thighs in your abdomen and chest. Slowly shift the weight of your body from toes to head and arms. Balance the body.
  6. Carefully lift one foot off the ground, maintaining the balance and then the other foot.
  7. Slowly, bend your knees bringing the heels near your buttocks.
  8. Slowly raise the legs either one by one or together, in the vertical position. The body must be straight. This is the final position.
  9. Hold the pose for as long as it feels comfortable, breathing normally.
  10. Slowly lower the legs by bending the knees and bringing the feet towards the buttocks and then the toes to the floor.
  11. Relax forward for some time and then return to Vajrasana.

NOTE: Avoid this pose during menstruation or if there is high blood pressure, dizziness, cerebrovascular disorders, glaucoma, or problems of the cervical spine.