Beginner Level Two Training

Head Movements

The Shirobheda Shloka

Samamudvahitam adhomukhamalolitam dhutam
Kampitam cha paravrittamutkshiptam parivaahitam
Navadhaa kathitam sheersham natayashastravisharadaiha


MEANING: When the head is held motionless or straight.

USES: Sama is used in the beginning of dance, sitting for prayers, pride, affection and paralysis.


MEANING: When the face is raised up it is in udvahita position.

USES: Flag, moon, sky, mountain, flying or celestial bodies moving in the sky are shown with udvahita.


MEANING: When the face is cast down, the head is in adhomukha position.

USES: Shyness, bowing in respect, fainting, sorrow, evil thoughts, looking at objects on earth and plunging in to water are denoted with adhomukham.


MEANING: When the head moves in a circle it becomes alolita sirah.

USES: Denotes excitement, sleepiness, intoxication, uncontrollable laughter and possession by spirits are shown with alolitam.


MEANING: When the head is moved back and forth from left to right and right to left, it is called dhuta shirah.

USES: Denial, sadness, empathy, bitter cold, looking to the sides repeatedly, glancing at one’s limbs.


MEANING: When the head is moved up and down, it is considered kampita sirah.

USES: Indignation, to say halt, cautioning, questioning, summoning, threatening.


MEANING: When the head is turned to one side without tilt, it is called parabruta.

USES: Turning away, to show one’s hair, slighting, aversion.


MEANING: When the head is turned to one side and raised, it becomes utkshipta sirah.

USES: To command or request, cherishing or supporting, assent or acceptance.


MEANING: When the head is moved side to side quickly it is called Parivaahita.

USES: Passion, infatuation, yearning for the beloved, sorrow, reflection.

Head Movements

Head Movements 1a

Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.