In the previous article we have talked about what is happening in Hanging Sirsasana in Variation 1 (with the legs in Baddhakonasana) and now we continue to the Variation 2 (with the legs in Upavishtakona).
Variation 2 (With the legs in Upavishtakonasana – straight legs spread apart)
Position of the body
- The head is upside down.
- The feet are semi-active.
- The knees are in full or semi-extension.
- The coxofemoral joints are in abduction.
- 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 scapulas are in upward rotation.
- The fore arms 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 belt is pushing on the front of the tensor fasciae latae muscle.
- The belt in pushing inside the sartorius, rectus femoris and vastus medialist muscles.
- 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 second variation there is not a big difference of the blood circulation in the trunk and the upper extremities comparing to the first variation. However, the legs are now parallel or almost parallel (depending on the individual person’s flexibility in the groins) to the ground and it puts them into the neutral position in regard to the gravity – and therefore neutral blood circulation.