Yoga Headstand – shirshasana – How frequently and how long you should stay in the position?

Question by mango123: Yoga Headstand – shirshasana – How frequently and how long you should stay in the position?
I am a beginner and I have gotten different answers to the above question just trying to get a consensus.

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Answer by sonya
I would think it is very individual – depends on where you are in your practice. I also don’t think headstand is for beginners. You should build your core strength at first, so you don’t put too much pressure on your neck and head. The best thing to do is to ask a yoga teacher who knows you well.

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One Response to “Yoga Headstand – shirshasana – How frequently and how long you should stay in the position?”

  1. Dances with Buddha August 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I would agree with Sonya — headstand is generally not a pose for beginners.
    When I first started classes (twice a week), I believe it was at least four months in before the instructor started introducing headstand to us.
    Many yoga books do not cover it, because it is best learnt in presence of a capable instructor.

    That said, of course it is your responsibility to judge what poses are, and which may not, be safe for you to try.

    My main teacher always said five minutes in headstand allowed you to reap it’s full benefits.

    If you have never held headstand for five minutes, does this mean you should immediately start doing so?
    I would strongly advise not.
    A wise person would very gradually build up to it, and do their best to check within themselves that they are not being driven by their ego to accomplish this goal.

    As far as frequency, I’ve never heard any comment regarding sirsasana or any other asana.
    Unless you are living in an ashram spending many hours per day practicing asana, I should think once a day (or however frequently you practice) is fine.

    Namaste’,
    dwb