Sirsa Padasana (Head to Foot Pose) registers as 52* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty in Light on Yoga.
Iyengar explains that Sirsa Padasana is “the hardest of all the back-bending poses.” You can see why… just look at the image! Personally, I don’t feel comfortable working on this pose yet. In order to safely explore this pose, you should feel very, very comfortable in Salamba Sirsasana I and in Viparita Chakrasana in Salamba Sirsasana (in other words – flipping back and forth from headstands into a backbend, aka “tick tocks”). Even then, Sirsa Padasana is an even deeper backbend, requiring great flexibility along the length of your spine.
Personally, I’m still working on Viparita Chakrasana in a super solid Salamba Sirsasana I. So, if you’re ready for this pose, consult your teacher for tips!
Any yogis out there practicing Sirsa Padasana that would like to share their wisdom on the pose?