Sarvangasana – The Shoulder Stand Posture

By | August 7, 2016
Sarvangasana known as shoulder stand pose in the English. Sarvangasana is a Sanskrit word. Sarv means all. Ang means body parts and asana means pose. So, Sarvangasana means yoga pose for all the body parts. Sarvangasana is very helpful to the body as it improves whole functionality of body. Sarvangasana benefits almost all the part of the body that’s why Shoulder Stand Pose or Sarvangasana is known as mother or queen of all the asanas.

How to do Sarvangasana / Shoulder Stand Pose

  • At first, lie flat on the back in the Shavasana.
  • Inhale through the nostrils. Place the palms face-down on the floor. Keeping the hips on the floor, bend the knees and bring them up toward the stomach while exhaling.
  • Inhale slowly through the nostrils, press down on the hands and lift the torso from the waist up off the floor, arching the spine backwards and straightening the arms. Keep the hips on the floor.
  • Inhale, then while exhaling, raise the legs straight up perpendicular to the floor. You may support your hips with your hands or leave the arms flat on the floor, whichever is most comfortable.
  • The legs should be together with the knees straight and toes pointed straight up. Keep the head straight without turning it to either side. The chin should be pressed against the chest.
  • Breath gently through the nostrils while the posture is held.
  • Reverse the steps to return to the Shavasana.
  • Hold the Sarvangasana from one to five minutes depending on comfort. Repeat the posture two or three times.


 Sarvangasana / Shoulder Stand Pose Benefits

  • The Sarvangasana is considered by many to be the most beneficial of all yoga postures. Because of its many benefits, if you find that your time is limited in the course of Yoga practice at home, it is recommended to place special emphasis on the Sarvangasana.
  • When performed in the morning the Sarvangasana relieves fatigue caused by sleeping too much or too little and when practiced in the evening it helps to promote deep, restful sleep.
  • It strengthens the back and helps to relieve lower back pain.
  • The increased blood flow to the head and upper body helps to heal many disorders such as headaches, nasal congestion and sore throats.
  • The entire endocrine, digestive, nervous, and venous systems of the
    body are stimulated in ways that no form of diet or conventional exercise can perform.
  • Because the body is inverted a rich supply of oxygenated blood is sent to the organs and glands in the upper part of the body, such as the brain, thyroid and pituitary, and heart thereby stimulating them.
  • Pressure is relieved from the lower body extremities relieving pain and/or swelling of the feet and legs.
  • The Sarvangasana also provides great benefit to the abdominal organs helping to relieve gas and constipation and stimulate digestion.
  • Regular practice of this posture invigorates the mind and helps to calm the nervous system.


Caution while doing Sarvangasana / Shoulder Stand Pose

  • People who are facing heart problems, blood pressure should avoid this posture.

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