Mukta hasta sirsasana is a variation of the traditional headstand (sirsasana). It is an inversion that displays strength, control and beauty. Headstands are often considered the “royalty” of asanas. In Sanskrit, mukta means “liberated,” hasta means “hand,” sirsa means “head” and asana means “pose.”
To enter this asana, the yogi begins in dolphin pose (ardha pincha mayurasana). The crown of the head rests on the mat between the arms and the knees move in close to the torso. The weight of the body is transferred from the feet to the arms and head, with the arms at a 90-degree angle. The legs are raised one at a time; the palms remain on the floor with the arms and head working together as a supportive “tripod” base.
Mukta hasta sirsasana is also known as tripod headstand in English.