Benefits of Sarvangasana Yoga

Sarvangasana Yoga

Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is a yoga pose wherein the whole body is balanced on the shoulders. As the name indicates, Sarvangasana influences the functioning of all parts of your body. This asana also referred as ‘Queen of asanas’. It is highly beneficial in maintaining the mental and physical health.

How to do Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

  • 1. Lie on your back with hands by your side.
  • 2. Lift your legs, buttocks and back so that you come up high on your shoulders. Support your back with the hands.
  • 3. Move your elbows closer towards each other, and move your hands along your back, Keep straightening the legs and spine by pressing the elbows down to the floor and hands into the back. Your weight should be supported on your shoulders and upper arms and not on your head and neck.
  • 4. Keep the legs firm. Lift your heels higher as though you are putting a footprint on the ceiling. Now point the toes up. Pay attention to your neck. Do not press the neck into the floor. Instead keep the neck strong with a feeling of tightening the neck muscles slightly. Press your sternum toward the chin. If you feel any strain in the neck, come backfrom the posture.
  • 5. Keep breathing normally in final position.
  • 6. To come out of the posture, lower the knees to forehead. Bring your hands to the floor, palms facing down. Without lifting the head slowly bring your spine down, vertebra by vertebra, completely to the floor. Lower the legs to the floor. Relax for a minimum of few seconds.

Benefits of Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)

  • 1. Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands and normalizes their functions.
  • 2. Strengthens the arms and shoulders and keeps the spine flexible.
  • 3. Nourishes the brain with more blood.
  • 4. Stretches the heart muscles by returning more venous blood to the heart.
  • 5. Provide relief from constipation, indigestion and varicose veins.

Benefits for Women:

  • 1. It is beneficial for the reproductive system as there is fresh blood to the pelvic region as the stagnant blood is flushed from the organs and therefore increased efficiency of the reproductive organs.
  • 2. It strengthens the uterine ligaments as the gravity acting on the ligaments in Sarvangasan is in the opposite direction.
  • 3. It improves the functioning of the ovaries.
  • 4. It helps to balance the moods and calm the mind.

Contraindications

If you have any of the following health conditions: pregnancy, menstruation, high blood pressure, heart problem, glaucoma, slip disc, spondylosis, neck pain and acute thyroid problem. Consult your physician before doing the Sarvangasana.

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