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Shilpa Shetty is one of those Bollywood actresses, who know that age is just a number, when it comes to staying fit. That’s all because of her relentless commitment to a healthy diet and exercise regime! Her regular yoga practice has earned her the rightful moniker of the ‘queen of yoga’.
Recently, Shilpa took to Instagram to share a small clip, where she can be seen performing the ‘king of asanas’. Can you guess the name? Yes, it is shirshasana aka the headstand. This pose can make you marvel at a person’s flexibility and balance. After all, seeing someone balance their entire body weight on their head is quite fascinating. But it isn’t as easy, and you cannot master this pose overnight. But once you do and practice it regularly, this pose can benefit your health in so many ways!
“Sometimes, things need to be turned on their heads to get a better perspective. The shirshasana helps me do just that! It is also the king of asanas. It helps me clear my mind, align myself; and helps strengthen the core, shoulders, and arms. It relieves stress, thereby enhancing the quality and health of hair. The asana also improves blood circulation and concentration. I have achieved this with consistent practice.”
However, she added, do make sure you’re practicing this asana under supervision to avoid injuries. You can also start by practicing against the wall.
In the Instagram video, Shilpa, who is dressed in a blue top and black yoga pants, can be seen doing the shirshasana in her garden. This move is definitely going to inspire her followers to give the risky asana a shot, but under guidance, of course!
Like every asana, there are several benefits of doing a headstand!
1. If you are not much of a headstand practitioner or are doing it for the first time, do it under the guidance of an experienced teacher to prevent injuries.
2. Do not do headstands if you have a back or neck injury, headache, heart disease, high blood pressure, menstruation, or low BP.
3. Do balasan after a headstand.
4. If you are experienced in doing a headstand, you can continue to do it during pregnancy. But keep in mind that you can’t do headstands for the first time, after becoming pregnant.
5. Do not go beyond your physical capacity.
Remember that this is an advanced pose. It is not a pose that should be done when you are new to yoga. It is best to practice and learn headstands under the guidance of a certified yoga teacher. They will be able to help you when it comes to proper alignment, thereby reducing the risk of injury.