Everyone wants to learn a perfect Sirsasna, what are the important aspects of a good Sirsasana?
Inversions and Headstands are a craze on social media. Everyone wants to do a perfect Sirsasana. But as a young and serious practitioner, one needs to contemplate on what it means to balance on your head for you? We have to define the purpose of our practise.
Is it to test the will power, mental strength, connect to the breath. The fact is one develops these qualities after going to Sirsasana and learning to hold the pose. If these qualities are the by-products, then the reason behind doing a Sirsasana remains a mystery.
The two critical aspects of Sirsasana are
- Vision horizontal with your eyes
- The quantum of breath. The breath is connected to the entire body up to the tips of the toes.
Asana practise, especially inversions, might make you fall in love with yourself. An inner character is released, which is the ideal person, whom you would like to have a relationship with. So you fall in love with yourself rather than Yoga. This can be potentially dangerous. Today’s yoga is very demonstrative. As a teacher, you demonstrate for the students who copy your every move depending on the product of their discipline and mental strength. So the teacher pushes himself into difficult poses the body is not ready for. This takes us away from Yog as we become mere beneficiaries of it. The moment we lose our body and our association with it we lose Yoga.
Krishna says to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, that Yogi is superior to everyone. Once you commence Yog in this lifespan, you carry it forward in your next reincarnation. That is the core of Yog.
So the obvious choice should be not to fall in this vicious cycle of struggling to learn a Sirsasana perfectly and then doing it all over again in the next life.