Blood Circulation in Hanging Sirsasana, Variation 3

In the previous 2 articles of this series we have talked about what is happening in Hanging Sirsasana in Variation 1 (With the legs in Baddhakona) and Variation 2 (With the legs in Upavishtakona) and now continue to the Variation 3.

Variation 3 (With the legs Together Straight Up)
Position of the body

  • The head is upside down.
  • The knees are in neutral position.
  • Coxofemoral joints are in neutral position.
  • There is a global traction of the spine.
  • Decompression of the head.
  • The ribs are in inspiration.
  • The shoulders are in full flexion, 90° internal rotation.
  • The scapulas are in upward rotation.
  • The fore arms are in neutral position.
  • The wrist are in neutral position.
  • The belt is pressing on the sacrum and the iliac joint creating a « block » beetween them.
  • The stick is pushing back the quadriceps muscle.

The diaphragm is being pushed up (looking at the body anatomy & physiology point of view and downward – towards the floor – looking from the inverted position point of view) by the pression of the liver, the stomach and pulled down (looking at the body anatomy & physiology point of view and upward – towards the ceiling – looking from the inverted position point of view) by the traction of the heart and the lungs.


How this position of the body affects the blood circulation ?

In the third variation there is not a big difference for the blood circulation in the trunk comparing to the first and second variation. The position of the body upside down helps the blood to flow from the lower limb and the abdomen to the heart. And help the valves’ action phenomena inside the veins.

The Benefits of the Inverted Blood Circulation in the Hanging Sirsasana

There are numerous benefits in the Hanging Sirsasana related to the fact of the inverted blood circulation in regard to the gravity. Among multiple positive effects we enumerate a few examples below.

The blood healing procces increases in all the upper extremities ; the spine, the spinal cord, the diaphragm, the liver, the upper limbs, the brain, the face, the jaws & the teeth, the pharynx, the larynx, the thyroid etc.

Wherever the blood flow is incresed the cleansing and nourishing processes are enhanced. Blood carries antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anticancerous agents as well as the oxigen and all the necessary nutrients sustaining life and normal fanctioning of the bodily tissues. Disease starts when the area is obstructed from the blood flow.

When the blood rushes back to those areas the healing starts by purification and regenaration.

The blood circulation back to the heart is helped from the lower extremities ; the limbs, the pelvic region, the abdomen, and the pelvis. The pressure is taken off the valves in the veins and diseases caused to malfunctioning of the valves or excess pressure on them due to long standing hours daily can be helped. For example the varicose veins are reduced in the legs. Inverted posistion also helps the hemorroids (piles) as there is a negative pressure (suction) in the pelvic region.

Another phenomena that happens in the Hanging Sirsasana, is that blood is taken away from some areas whereas rushed more intensively to the other areas. The upper extremities above the heart receive more blood supply. The head receives the most volume and it nourshes the brain which is the most essential organ governing the rest of the body.

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre
Antoine Brandi

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