Shoulderstand Pose or Salamba Sarvangasana in Sanskrit (salamba, meaning “supported,” sarva, meaning “all,” anga meaning “limb,” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.”). This translates to ‘All Body Parts Pose’. Salamba Sarvangasana is also known as the “Mother of all Yoga Poses” because it benefits the entire body and also the mind. Shoulderstand Pose (Sarvangasana) can be categorized under intermediate-level yoga poses. To practice this asana, yoga practitioners should have some level of comfort with various intermediate-level yoga poses. As the entire body is balanced on the upper shoulders this pose is also called ‘Kandrasana’ or ‘Shoulderstand Pose’.
Sarvangasana is considered a base pose as Sarvangasana variations can be derived from this pose. Sarvangasana helps calm the mind and turn on the parasympathetic system, hence can be included at the end of yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens your shoulder and neck muscles.
Helps open your shoulders.
Strengthens your legs.
Builds strength in core and the whole torso.
Reduces anxiety, insomnia, and irritability
Aids digestive disorders
Increases circulation to the brain
Boosts the immune system
High blood pressure
Back pain or spine injury
Certain heart problems (consult your doctor)
Throat or ear infection (this pose might cause discomfort)
Photo poses in different angles
- One-Legged Shoulder Stand
- Side Shoulder Stand
- Supported Shoulderstand Pose Chair Variation Bound Angle Legs
- One Legged Shoulderstand Pose Hands On Back
- Shoulderstand Pose With Blanket And Strap
- Shoulderstand Pose Bent Legs
- Upward Lotus Pose
- One-Legged Shoulderstand Pose
- Shoulderstand Pose Wide Legs
- Unsupported Shoulderstand Pose Variation
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