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 (with legs in Danda).

Variation 3 (With the legs in Dandasana – 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 shoulder blades are in upward rotation.
  • The forearms are in neutral position.
  • The wrists are in neutral position.
  • The belt is pressing on the sacrum and the iliac joint creating a « block » between them.
  • The stick is pushing back the quadriceps muscle.
  • The diaphragm is 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. The diaphragm is 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.

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