The Sanskrit name of Shirshasana is "śīrṣāsana" and is composed of two words: "śīrṣa" means "head" and "āsana" means "seat". This means a headstand, also called inversion in yoga. In addition to the inner balance, which is promoted during the exercise, the back and trunk muscles should also benefit from the position. Through the perfect symbiosis of strength and balance, body control and stamina. The headstand is easy for experienced yogis, but not an easy task for beginners. They rely on support from another person or a wall unless using a headstand stool. Everything you need to know about it before purchasing it is explained below.
In order to protect the head and neck area and thus minimize the risk of injury, investing in a headstand stool can make sense. Due to its special shape, it not only supports the ascent into the yoga position, but also ensures a secure hold during the pose. The lying surfaces can be used to support the arms, while the upholstery optimally supports the shoulders and neck. This relieves the pressure on the head (and cervical spine), which normally carries most of the load. In plain language, this means: The stool enables you to assume the inverted posture more easily, with more control and for longer. But other exercises on the yoga mat are also possible with the special device.
One or the other yoga beginner may ask at this point why one should practice the inversion pose at all if one has not (yet) mastered it on one's own. In fact, Shirshasana has several advantages: the headstand strengthens the cardiovascular system and is said to improve brain function. This in turn has a positive effect on your ability to concentrate and counteracts tiredness. And last but not least, the exercise is just fun when you can do it - regardless of whether you are using a headstand stool or not. Who doesn't want to turn the world upside down or look at it from a different angle every now and then?
Most models are made of wood or metal. The natural material is often preferred not only because of its pleasant feel, but also because of the fact that metal-like surfaces can be slippery. The foam pads attached to them are almost always made of imitation leather, which makes them easier to clean - and bare skin (for example on the shoulders) adheres better to them without slipping. Depending on the manufacturer, the headstand stool can withstand a maximum weight of 150 to 900 (!) kilograms. The most important thing is that the feet are non-slip so that you can easily perform the yoga inversion. If necessary, an anti-slip mat can be added here if the stool is not stable. However, many manufacturers have taken this point into account in their product.
To help you get started with the inverted yoga pose, the key steps are summarized below:
In addition to the headstand, many more yoga exercises can be performed with the stool, as this video shows:
Alternatively, you can also take a yoga course (for example with Jochen Schweizer) online. In it you will learn everything about the basic knowledge of the Indian emptiness and will be introduced to the exercises step by step.
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