Salamba Sarvangasana – Supported Shoulder Stand Pose
What is Salamba Sarvangasana – Supported Shoulder Stand Pose?
The name in the case of Salamba Sarvangasana comes from the Sanskrit words ‘Salamba’ meaning ‘supported’, ‘Sarva’ meaning ‘all’ or ‘every’,’anga’ meaning ‘limb’ or ‘body part’ and ‘asana’ meaning ‘posture’.Thus,it literally translates to ‘supported all-limbs pose’.
Salamba Sarvangasana Steps
1. Fold two thick blankets and place it one above the other on your yoga mat.
2. Now lie down on the floor in such a way that your head is placed on the floor whereas your shoulders are placed on the folded blankets and are well supported. Place your arms on the floor next to your body.
3. Try lifting your leg in the upward direction. Your hands can be a good support. For this you need to fold your hands from the elbows and place it on your back in such a manner that your palms rest on your lower back.
4. Keep your legs straight. Stretch them as far as possible. Bring your legs in a straight alignment with your body.
5. Remain in this posture for 30 seconds and then release.
6. To come down, bend your knees and then slowly try to bring legs on the floor.
Salamba Sarvangasana Benefits
1. It develops a sense of balance.
2. It makes your body more flexible and enduring.
3. It helps in reducing stress levels and relieving one from depression.
4. It acts as a stimulator for thyroid gland.
5. It tones the abdominal muscles and improves the digestive system.
6. It improves blood circulation to brain and head.
7. It helps in toning legs and buttocks.
8. It helps in reducing fatigue and relieving one from the symptoms of menopause.
9. It gives a good stretch to your legs and shoulders.
10. It is a good weight loss option as it reduces weight naturally.
Salamba Sarvangasana Dos and Don’ts
If you suffer from neck or shoulder pain or injury and high blood pressure then you should opt not to perform this asana.Also, when you have heavy menstrual period and are pregnant then also you are advised not to perform this asana. If you suffer from diarrhoea and eye or ear infection then also you are suggested not to perform this asana.
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