BKS Iyengar dangerous advice on Yoga Pose Headstand

Yoga pose headstand can be beneficial for some people, however, it can be dangerous for others if precautions are not taken into consideration while performing this yoga pose.

It is shocking that Yoga legend BKS Iyengar ill advised yoga practitioners in his book “Light of yoga” to put all the pressure on their head and use arms and shoulder only for balancing purpose in headstand. I would strongly suggest every yoga beginners against this idea of MR Iyengar for many reasons.

The Headstand inverts the pattern of blood pressure in the body – increasing it in the head and dropping it in the feet:
The blood pressure at the top of the head increases from 100/60 mm Hg in a standing position to 150/110 mm Hg in
the Headstand.
The blood pressure of the feet in a standing position will be about 210/170 mm Hg and it will drop to 40/0 mm Hg in the
The blood pressure will remain the same at 120/80 mm Hg at heart level.

Three Important Reasons you should not do headstand:

(1)However, one of the most important reasons for not coming to the Headstand is when you have High Blood
Pressure. Check with your doctor if you are fit to do this pose.

(2)Another reason to avoid the Headstand is when you have weak eye blood vessels or any eye problems. By
ignoring your conditions you put your health at risk.

(3)Headstand is better avoided during menstruation and pregnancy. You do not want to feel heavy after your yoga
class, so please relax and let others to struggle with this demanding pose.

Issued in interest of people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, corporate yoga Expert based in London. 

Private Yoga London at Chelsea Kensington Mayfair by Indian Yoga Guru and Instructor

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