Beginner Level Two Training
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 1a