Sarvangasana is a Yoga Pose (asana) in hatha yoga. It is also known as “queen” or “mother” of all the asanas.
The name derived from from the Sanskrit word (सलाम्बा) Salamba means, “supported”, सर्वाङ्ग Sarvāṅga, “all limbs”, i.e. “the whole body” and आसन Asana, “posture”,” position”, or “Pose”
In this article, we are going to describe How to do Sarvangasana and what are the benefits of Sarvangasana.
How to do Sarvangasana
- Lay on the floor with your legs together and your hands palm down by your side.
- Inhale push down on your hands and raise your legs straight up above you.
Exhaling bend your arms and place the elbows on the floor, support your body with your hands placed just under the hip bone.
- Press your body up, try to get your legs and spine in a straight line from your shoulders to your toes.
- Press your chin firmly into the base of your throat.
- Breathe more shallow now and through the nose.
- Gradually work your elbows closer into each other and your hands down your back toward the shoulders.
- Your legs and feet should be relaxed. You may at this point let go of your back if you can and lay your arms down on the floor behind your back.
- If you are able to clasp the hands together and bring your shoulders in a little for maximum stretch.
- Hold the pose for as long as is comfortable for you then bring your hands up to the hips to catch the bodies weight as you roll back down.
- Exhale as you come down. Roll out the spine very slowly, one vertebra at a time. Keep the legs close to the body as you release them.
Always follow this pose with the Fish Pose. Perform the shoulder stand only once but for as long a time as possible.
Benefits of Sarvangasana
The shoulder stand will affect the entire body stimulating the endocrine, nervous, and circulatory systems. The thyroid gland in the throat area is benefited as well as the whole nervous system. It is also good for mental functions such as memory.
List of other Hatha Yoga asanas (Pose)