Sarvangasana (The Shoulder Stand)

Sarvangasana when performed along with deep breathing, has a good therapeutic value. It is one among the best postures of yoga, and can be done by men and women of all age groups. This exercise, however, should not be tried by those who suffer from chronic nasal catarrh, breathing difficulties, pain on upper spine and disorders of thyroid glands.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASANA

  1. Lie down on the floor with legs together. Push the hands down to raise the legs upwards so that it appears to be straight. Slowly lift the hips from the floor while simultaneously inhaling. The legs should be kept over and beyond the head, at an angle of 45ยบ
  2. Exhale, bend the arms and support the body while holding it as close to the shoulder as possible with thumbs facing the body front and fingers around the back.
  3. Push the back and lift the legs. The spine should be straightened so as to bring the legs in a vertical position. The chin should be placed firmly on the base of the throat. Inhale and exhale gently but deeply while in this pose.
  4. Gradually try to bring the elbows closer and hands further down the back, towards the shoulders so that the chest is straightened. The feet should be kept relaxed.
  5. Stay in this pose for two minutes. For returning to normal posture, bend the knees, curve the back and gently lie on the floor and exhale.

BENEFITS

Sarvangasana invigorates and rejuvenates the entire body. Though this asana is mainly beneficial for the proper functioning of thyroid gland, it is also very effective in treating migraine headaches, hemorrhoids, anemia, indigestion, hypertension, liver disorder etc. It helps in purification of blood and improves circulation.