Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg Revolved Head Stand)

Revolved Single Leg Head Stand
Level: Intermediate

Parivrtta = turned, turned round, revolved, rolling. Eka = one. Pada = the foot. Shirsha = the head.

Organizing the Pose

  1. Come into the pose from Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1).
  2. Take the left leg back behind you and the right leg forward.
  3. Turn the legs, hips, waist and ribs to the right.
  4. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. Return to Shirshasana and repeat on the second side.
  6. Either continue on with other Shirshasana variations or come down out of the pose.

Practice Points

  • When turning to the right, ground down through the left forearm and widen the left collarbone to bring weight back into it. Reverse this when turning to the left.
  • Gently turn the top of the sternum away from the direction of twist to help keep the shoulder girdle even.
  • When turning to the right, turn the left hip around the right to get the pelvis to turn around better. Reverse when turning left.
  • Make sure not to drop the front foot too far down. Keep balance between the two legs.
  • Make sure not to push the front foot past the midline of the body and press into the groin.