Urdhva means above or high. Padmasana is the lotus pose described earlier. In Urdhva Padmasana in Sirshasana, Padmasana is done in the head stand.

Urdhva Padmasana in Sirshasana

Technique

  1. This pose is to be done after the Eka Pada and Parsvaika Pada Sirshasanas. After completing these two positions cross the legs as in Padmasana. First place the right foot over the left thigh and the left foot over the right thigh.
  2. Press the knees closer to each other and stretch the thighs up vertically.
  3. Hold this position for half a minute with deep and even breaths. Then, exhale and extend the thighs as far back as possible.
  4. Uncross the legs and return to Sirshasana. Now cross the legs the other way, first placing the left foot over the right thigh and then the right foot over the left thigh. Stay like this also for half a minute and then extend the thighs back.
  5. While stretching the thighs up do not change the position of the head or the neck.

Effects of Urdhva Padmasana in Sirshasana

This posture gives an extra pull to the dorsal region, the ribs and the pelvic region. Consequently, the chest is fully expanded and blood circulates properly in the pelvic region.

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