Shoulder Stand Pose, or Sarvangasana, is a classic yoga pose that provides many health benefits. It has been used for centuries in India to improve physical health, as well as to build strength and balance. The pose is said to provide mental and spiritual healing. It brings energy to the entire body, and helps to calm the mind and relax the body.
How to do Shoulder Stand Pose
To begin, lie on the floor on your back. Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet close to your buttocks. Place your hands on either side of your body, palms facing down. Slowly exhale and, straightening your legs, lift your hips up and off the floor. Keep the feet together, forming a straight line from the knees to the feet. Balance the torso on the shoulders and support the body with your hands.
Stay in the posture for 2 to 5 minutes, breathing deeply. In the first few days, don’t stay more than 2 minutes. With regular practice, you can extend the pose to up to 10 minutes. Gently lower your legs, bring your hands to the sides and roll over. Lie flat and relax.
Benefits of Shoulder Stand Pose
Shoulder Stand Pose is said to improve circulation, energize the body and help detoxify the system by stimulating the internal organs. It helps to reduce stress and fatigue, while also calming the mind. The pose is good for strengthening the shoulder and neck muscles, as well as the core and leg muscles. Regular practice is beneficial for thyroid and parathyroid glands, and helps to keep the body healthy by improving metabolism and digestion.
Shoulder Stand Pose is an ideal posture for relaxation and improving overall health. It is an excellent pose for all levels of practitioners, but caution is advised for those with neck and back issues. Those with neck problems can place folded blankets under their neck for support.