Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

The Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) derives from the Sanskrit word where Salamba stands for “Supported”, Sarva stands for “All”, Anga stands for “Limbs”, and Asana stands for “Pose” or “Posture”.

The Sanskrit word Salamba Sarvangasana is Pronounced As – Salamba sahr-vahn-gah-sah-nah.

It is called Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) just because the weight of your body rests on your shoulders.

Moreover, the pose is also known as Queen or Mother of all poses just because it translates as all limbs pose.

This yoga pose holds importance as the beginner can also do it and once you have mastered this pose, you will continue doing it because of its benefits.

Things you should be aware of before starting the pose – 

  • It can be done in the early morning as well as evening.
  • If you are doing the pose in the evening then make sure your stomach is empty.
  • There should be at least 4 hours of gap between the meal and the practice of the yoga pose.
  • The pose is for the Intermediate / Advanced level and also, the style of the pose is Hatha Yoga.
  • Also, the duration of the pose should be anywhere between 30 to 60 seconds.

Specialty – 

  • Moreover, the specialty of the pose is that it stretches your Shoulder and Neck.
  • It also strengthens your Spine, Shoulders, and Back.

How to do –

  • Lie flat on your back on the floor or on the ground, and also, keep your legs straight and together.
  • Further, your hands should be beside your body in a resting position.
  • With one prompt movement, lift your legs, back, and buttocks in a way where your palms are supporting your lower body which is equally important.
  • Furthermore, make sure that your elbows are touching the floor or ground for support.
  • When you feel like you have been settled in the pose then slowly bring your elbows closer to each other for better support.
  • Slowly, straighten your spine, and try to focus on your toes, balance your legs.
  • Breath deeply and also, try to hold the posture anywhere between 30 to 60 seconds.
  • If you feel any pain in your neck and head then release it immediately.
  • Finally, to release the pose, lower your knees, and slowly rest your hands beside your body and lie on the ground in a relaxing pose.
  • Accordingly, do the same for emergency release from the pose.

Tips for Beginners –

  • As a beginner, you can get pressure on your elbows for which you can use a rolled blanket under your elbow for support.
  • Moreover, do not support your body weight on your head or neck.
  • Further, beginner can take the support of the wall where you can support your legs if you are too tall.
  • Lie down near the wall and make sure your tailbone is a bit near the wall and your knees are folded on your chest. 
  • This could be the starting pose for the tall ones or anyone who can’t handle their leg’s weight.

Benefits –

  • It cures eyesight problems.
  • Helps to cure mild depression, relieve stress, and calm the mind.
  • The Pose helps to stimulate abdominal organs.
  • Tones the legs and buttocks.
  • Stretches the neck and shoulders.
  • Reduces Insomnia and Fatigue
  • Improves Digestion
  • Enhance Metabolism.

Contraindications –

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Pregnancy
  • Neck Injury
  • High Blood Pressure

Preparatory Poses – 

  • Halasana

Follow-up Poses –

  • Urdhva Dhanurasana
  • Savasana
  • Salamba Sirsasana

2 thoughts on “Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)”

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