Challenge Pose: Salamba Sirsasana II

Shift your perspective as you move step by step into Salamba Sirsasana II.

Flip your perspective and get upside-down in Salamba Sirsasana II.

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Salamba Sirsasana II Sa = With · Alamba = Support · Sirsa = Head · Asana = Pose

Tripod Headstand Benefits 

Strengthens your arms and shoulders; improves digestion; gives you new perspective, and asks you to face your fears

Stay Safe

When you begin practicing this pose, your lifted leg will feel heavy. Don’t hold it for long. Instead, reach your knee and elbow back and forth dynamically—only as long as you are able to steadily hold up your leg. Regular practice of this pose will make you a master of the bow. This pose also mobilizes one half of your pelvis at a time, so it may be stressful for the sacroiliac joint (which connects your pelvis to your spine). If you feel any strain, instability, or have scoliosis in that area, it’s best to avoid this pose or work under the guidance of an experienced teacher. 

See also Feathered Peacock Pose

About our Pro 
Teacher and model Jenny Brill focuses on alignment-based hatha yoga, with an emphasis on humor. She’ll make you sweat up a storm and laugh out loud at the same time. A native of Los Angeles, she’s taught yoga for more than 25 years and is a regular contributor to several teacher-training programs. Her authenticity, energy, and mastery of fine-tuning alignment has created a strong community of devoted and fearless yogis.