‘Sarvangasana’ or ‘Shoulder Stand’ is also referred to as ‘Queen of Asanas’. Why so?
‘Sarv’ implies all, and ‘anga’ means part of a body and ‘asana’ means posture. So, just as the name suggests, ‘Sarvangasana’ influences the functioning of all body parts. The asana is very helpful in maintaining mental and physical health, and hence is rightly referred to as the ‘queen of all asanas’.
Sarvangasana is a yoga pose that involves the whole body, and shoulder balance. It forms part of ‘Padma Sadhana’ yoga sequence.
How does Sarvangasana help in proper functioning of all body parts?
Head/Brain: Sarvangasana, apart from relieving stress, and calming a headache, also relaxes the mind. It is particularly useful in increasing circulation to the upper body and brain. Due to improved blood flow to the head, even hair loss and premature greying can be controlled.
Ear/nose/throat: It provides relief from all disorders associated with Ear, Nose and Throat.
Glands: This yoga posture stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands and normalizes their overall functioning. This is because, when practising this yoga pose, there is increased blood flow into upper part of the body, and hence, thyroid gland would be invigorated. The pituitary gland functioning is improved due to improved flow of oxygen and blood. In fact, functioning of the whole endocrine system is thereby improved, as endocrine glands are regulated by the pituitary gland.
Lungs: This posture helps in improved lung capacity, as the diaphragm, the muscle of respiration, has to work against gravity in this posture. This helps in abdominal respiration, and hence is helpful in treatment of Asthma too. It helps in draining our toxins in respiratory system too.
Neck: It helps in strengthening of neck muscles, as the nerves passing through the neck are toned and neck flexibility is improved.
Spine / Shoulders: This is an excellent posture to strengthen the arms, shoulder and spine, and improve their flexibility.
Heart: It stretches the heart muscles by returning more venous blood to the heart.
Digestive system: Sarvangasana when performed on a regular basis, aids digestion. It is particularly helpful for those suffering from indigestion and constipation.
Kidney: It cures kidney disorders and problems associated with urinary bladder.
Sexual dysfunctions: Sexual disorders, if any, are cured easily. Other problems that women face such as menstrual disorders, frequent abortions, leucorrhoea, and barrenness can be cured. It also helps in better functioning of the ovaries. As there is fresh blood supply to the pelvic region, efficiency of reproductive organs is improved. Hernia can also be prevented and controlled.
Legs: If you suffer from water retention, particularly swollen legs, then Sarvangasana would help in reducing this to a great extent. This posture is highly recommended for those suffering from varicose veins.
Skin: This asana is helpful in purifying blood. Hence, skin diseases like leukemia are easily cured. It also prevents onset of wrinkles, and helps in maintaining a healthy and youthful skin.
Diseases: People suffering from Asthma, liver disorders, intestinal disorders, constipation, diabetes, haemorrhoids, frequent cold and cough, and insomnia, can find a cure by regularly performing this asana.
Note: In case you happen to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, slip disc, glaucoma, neck pain, spondylosis, middle ear trouble, acute thyroid problem, in case of pregnancy and people who are aged and weak, please consult your physician before performing Sarvangasana.