Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) – Overview

Asana Digest Overview


Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) / Baddha Hasta Sirsasana A (Bound Hands Headstand Posture)


Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.


Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Prerequisite Knowledge

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Poses Overview

Salamba Sirsasana

sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAW-sa-nuh
“salamba” =  with support
“sirsa” = head
Supported Headstand
Also known as: Baddha Hasta Sirsasana A (Bound Hands Headstand Posture)

Heart of Pose



  • Called the “King of Postures” due to numerous internal and energetic benefits.
  • Not a pose for beginners. Attempting pose before physically ready can lead to injury.
  • Holding pose longer than comfortably able can lead to injury.
  • See Cautions above for contraindications, determining readiness, and concerns related to the neck.

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