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:
- 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.
- Place the crown of your head in the space between your palms. Gently press your hands against your head to get a firm grip.
- Raise your buttocks off the floor making the knees and legs straight.
- Walk a few steps towards your head, as much as you possibly can (without straining).
- 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.
- Carefully lift one foot off the ground, maintaining the balance and then the other foot.
- Slowly, bend your knees bringing the heels near your buttocks.
- Slowly raise the legs either one by one or together, in the vertical position. The body must be straight. This is the final position.
- Hold the pose for as long as it feels comfortable, breathing normally.
- Slowly lower the legs by bending the knees and bringing the feet towards the buttocks and then the toes to the floor.
- 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.