Sarvangasana is a transitional pose in a collection of asanas and is an inverted asana in hatha yoga. that is found in the Padma Sadhana yoga sequence.
About Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Yoga)
The name Sarvangasana comes from Sanskrit word. In which Sarv means whole, ang means body parts, and asana means posture. Wherein this Asana strengthens your entire body is balanced on the shoulders hence, it knowns as Shoulder Stand Yoga Pose. and also referred to as ‘Queen of asanas’ because the whole body is engaged during the asana and greatly influences the functioning of all the body parts. which is the best natural remedies for thyroid gland imbalance. It activates pituitary gland.
Although Sarvangasana can be performed independently of Sirsasana, that has numerous benefits, which mainly has nourishes the thyroid gland properly, improves the metabolism, nutrition, and growth.
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How To Do Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Yoga)
1. To come in Sarvangasana, start with the supine position, lying on your back in a relaxed way. Let the hands on the floor alongside your torso and breathe normally.
2. Now, bend your knees and set your feet against the floor, and slowly raise the legs upward and bring it to 90° angle while inhaling.
3. After that, lift your buttocks, and back, such that place the hands under the lower back at the waist level. Use the hands and elbows for support to raise your body up further. The breath should be held inside when you are raising the body to the vertical position.
4. Use the support of the hands to raise the trunk further up, till the whole body is vertical. Keep straightening your spine and 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.
5. In the last position, the body becomes vertical, like you created 90 degrees to the floor with chin presses against the chest. Pay attention to your neck. Do not press the neck into the floor. Keep your neck strong with a feeling of tightening with pressing your sternum. If you feel any strain in the neck, come out of the posture.
6. Keep breathing deeply and remain in this position according to your comfort. Do for 30-60 seconds in the beginning. For health benefits 3 – 5 minutes every day is good enough. Though practitioners can go up to 15 minutes for spiritual benefits.
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Benefits of Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Yoga)
These are the most numerous health benefits.
- Sarvangasana is good for the healthy functioning of many organs of our body. Thus, it regulates the functions of all the glands of the body.
- The chin press during Sarvangasana stimulates the thyroid glands and parathyroid glands.
- It smooths the metabolism functions in the body and helps to regulate weight.
- Sarvangasana also increased blood flow to the brain.
- If you feel any discomfort or irregularity with the menstruation, it will help in curing menstruation problems.
- Sarvangasana helps to activate the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra) and Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra).
- It takes the pressure off the heart, which has to work less to get the blood flowing to the brain.
- This yoga pose is more useful for Athletes, specifically runners.
- Helps with lung functioning by improving blood flow to the area, making it useful for people suffering from respiratory tract disorders.
- It helps in making the immune system strong.
- This pose is more useful for Hair loss and premature graying of hair.
- Improves blood circulation to the scalp, in turn, helping the hair growth.
Precaution Sarvangasana :
- According to the experts, this asana is considered best when yogi practiced early in the morning. Mornings are preferred as the food is digested as well as the body has the energy to perform the asana. due to some reason, you cannot practice it in the morning, you can practice this asana in the evening as well. but at least keep 3-5 hour gap between your practice and meal.
- If you are suffering from high blood pressure and asthma, support your legs with props while you practice this asana.
- Stop doing Sarvangasana exercise in case of a headache and weak blood vessels in the eyes.
- Do not be in a hurry to move fast while doing the asana, as it can put a tremendous amount of stress onto the spine.
- Should be avoided during pregnancy.