Asana of the Day: Sirsasan, the Headstand

Swami Vishnudevananda in the lotus, tripod headstand


The Headstand is practiced as the first of the 12 Basic Asanas (steady pose). It is regarded as the “King” of the estimated 84,000 different asanas. By inverting the body and keeping it in a straight line, the pull of gravity is counteracted and enhances deep breathing, bringing an increased oxygen supply to the brain and sympathetic nervous system. The headstand is one of the most powerful asanas for the body and mind, a virtual panacea for all human ills.
“He who practices the Headstand for three hours daily conquers time” -Yoga Tatwa Upanishad.

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FIRST CLASS FREE Teaching classical yoga in San Francisco since 1957. This nonprofit organization, founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda, teaches methods to attain physical, mental and spiritual health based on Vedanta philosophy. Our dedicated, volunteer staff are all internationally certified teachers. We offer daily drop-in hatha yoga classes for all levels, daily satsang/meditation/kirtan, vegetarian meals after class, special events/workshops, as well as courses in hatha yoga, in positive thinking & meditation, and in related spiritual topics. Our open classes accommodate beginning through advanced students and consist of savasana (relaxation), pranayama (breathing exercises), Sun Salutations (warm-up exercises) and 12 asanas (postures). Variations of these postures are usually included and others added according to the level of the students. Classes are 90 minutes, with the exception of our beginners' drop-in class, which is 1 hour. FREE OPEN HOUSE - 1st Sunday of every month.
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