Salamba Sarvangasana, also known as Shoulder Stand, is a popular yoga posture that involves balancing the entire body on the shoulders while the legs are lifted vertically towards the ceiling. It is considered an intermediate to advanced level pose and can be challenging for beginners.
To practice Salamba Sarvangasana, follow these steps:
- Lie flat on your back with your arms along your sides.
- Slowly lift your legs up towards the ceiling, keeping them straight and together.
- Use your hands to support your hips and lift your entire lower body off the ground.
- Bring your hands to your back and support your lower back with your palms.
- Lift your legs up towards the ceiling and straighten them.
- Keep your neck straight and gaze towards your toes.
- Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- To release the pose, lower your legs back down to the ground slowly and carefully.
Salamba Sarvangasana has many benefits, including:
- Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands, which can help regulate metabolism and balance hormones.
- Improves circulation and blood flow throughout the body.
- Reduces stress and anxiety by calming the mind and promoting relaxation.
- Strengthens the shoulders, arms, and upper back.
- Improves digestion and relieves constipation.