Monday, April 26, 2010

Salamba Sarvangasana

 Shoulder Stand {Supported}
Last week I tried to incorporate some of the common questions and myths asked about Yoga. Menstruation Cycle and Yoga what should and should not be done. I hope it did justice to some of your questions. In the near future I would write more about such myths, certain styles and classes of yoga and certain theories of yoga in our ongoing series of Yoga. Today we head back to some advance poses, hope that many should try and get it right in just the first try.

Salamba Sarvangasana

 In today post we would speak about an advance stage pose that is commonly known as Shoulder stand or Salamba Sarvangasana. The name of the pose of course derived from Sanskrit language. The word "alamaba" means Prop or support, the word "Sa" means together or accompanied, while the word "Sarva" means all together or entire while we have seen the word "anaga" means body.  The name clearly speaks of the pose as asana where one supports the whole body in a certain way. Thus the name Supported Should Stand or "Salamba Sarvangaasana" .

How to do this pose?
1] The start of this pose starts with the same way as we did Apanasana.  Come to the point that we do the whole of pose of Apanasana. From here we start further...
2] Exhale out and slowly adding some pressure on our hips we slowly lift them up. Give them the support of your elbows just on your buttock area with a little bend of the elbow joint.
3] Exhale again and slowly raise the trunk keeping the support of the hands on the lower back, straight up so that the chest can touch the chin.
4] The head, back of the neck, shoulders and the upper back lies on the mat. Rest everything is up in the air.
5] Slowly as you settle in stretch the legs and point the toes up.
6] For beginners hold the pose for at least 5 breathes, while in advance stage one can hold this pose for a while.


 1] The word support is for the support of the hands that one gives to do this pose. In early beginner stage on can take the help on a chair to raise you up.
 2] It is also advised in early stages to use some thick mat or pillow underneath the upper back. But again this is only in the case of early stages of learning the pose.
 3] Those women who are menstruating are the first to be cautioned and not to do this pose.
 3] In pregnancy one can only try this pose if one is master of it, a new comer should not try this pose. It is advised to do this pose only in the late trimester.
 4] Those who suffer with spinal injuries, neck injury are advised to avoid this pose, or try with the help of expert guidance.
 5] People who suffer with Migraines or headaches, high blood pressure or hypertension should avoid doing this pose.
 6] People who suffer with diarrhoea, Irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease should avoid this pose especially in the acute stage.


1] According to the yogic master Iyengar this asana is the mother of all the asana. As a mother takes care of her kids and nourishes them in the same this asana takes care of the doer.
2] The magic of this asana is first and fore mostly seen on the endocrine system. This asana stimulates the thyroid and the prostate glands also work its magic on the brain.
3] Due to its unusual position one can often feel increase flow of blood to the brain, thus helping in relieving stress and depression.
4] The effects of this asana can also be seen on improving digestion in overall way.
5] Due to increase of blood flow to the brain it is a good asana to decrease mental and physical fatigue.
6] It is a recommended asana for asthma, infertility and sinusitis.
7] It also works in toning and stretching the whole body.

This pose is great for Throat Chakra.

Posted by Sudeep 

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