SUPPORTED SHOULDERSTAND POSE
Sanskrit Name – Salamba Sarvangasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Sa – With, Lamba – Support, Sarva – All, Anga – Limb, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Inverted Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Back and Legs
WHAT IS SUPPORTED SHOULDERSTAND POSE (SALAMBA SARVANGASANA)?
Supported Shoulderstand Pose (Salamba Sarvangasana) is an energising inverted yoga pose that has been nicknamed the “Queen of Asanas”. It calms the mind, aids digestion and reduces fatigue.
DO NOT PRACTICE SUPPORTED SHOULDERSTAND POSE (SALAMBA SARVANGASANA) IF:
You have a neck injury, high blood pressure or severe migraines
You have diarrhea
If you’re an experienced yogi you can practice this when you’re pregnant but it’s not advisable if you’re not.
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF SUPPORTED SHOULDERSTAND POSE (SALAMBA SARVANGASANA)
Calms the mind and relieves feelings of anxiety and depression
Increases blood flow and energises the body
Helps reduce fatigue and insomnia
HOW TO PRACTICE SUPPORTED SHOULDERSTAND POSE (SALAMBA SARVANGASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Lay flat on your back with your arms straight down next to your torso. Lift your legs up bent, lift the back of your torso off the floor so that your knees come towards your face. Bend your elbows and place your hands on your back.
Inhale and straighten your legs to the ceiling. Stay in this pose for as long as you feel comfortable.
To come out of the pose, bend your knees into your torso, roll your back down slowly to the floor and make sure the back of your head is still on the floor.
SUPPORTED SHOULDERSTAND POSE (SALAMBA SARVANGASANA) VARIATION – USE A WALL
You can practice this yoga pose against a wall and place a blanket under your shoulders for extra support.