Shoulder Stand is an inverted pose. It is devised under the Hath Yoga system of yoga postures.
How to Do Shoulder Stand Pose
- First of all lie on your yoga mat: Keep the back flat on the floor. Both the palms should be resting downwards. Start inhaling, slowly.
- Now start it. Bend both the knees and draw them nearer to your stomach. You should keep inhaling slowly until the knees reach up to stomach. Here you would exhale.
- Start inhaling again. Now you are to put all the pressure on the hands and try lifting your whole torso from the waist. It would make your spine into the shape of an ark.
- After the the back is considerably up, exhaling and try raising both of your legs upward. Finally you would keep you legs straight. Now the weight of your whole body would be on your shoulders.
- For coming into normal position, you are to do all the actions in their reverse order. Finally your body would be in Shavasana, the relaxation Pose.
Benefits of Doing Shoulder Stand Pose
- The sarvangasana benefits our body and mind in several ways. It increases the flow of blood to the upper parts of our body. Such an increased flow of blood would help in increasing the memory power.
- Doing this pose regularly can provide health solutions in the cases of soaring of throat and nasal congestion.
- While doing this pose you would notice that your back get adequate exercise. It helps in reducing back pain.
- If you feel uneasy by sleeping much, you will feel relived after doing Shoulder Stand posture.
- Above all this asana involves almost every limb of body, as its name suggests, it helps keeping our body healthy and fit.
For the beginners, this posture would be a little bit difficult. But you would like to do it, as you can do another difficult posture of 'Halasana, the Plow Posture' from the shoulder Stand pose.
Caution :The beginners should avoid remaining for more than ten seconds in this pose. It may cause minor pain in your neck.
If the whole body of yours is supported on your forearms; if your head is touching the floor; and your feet are facing straight to the sky; you must be in the state of ‘Sirsasana’, or ‘Headstand Yoga Posture’.
As this posture makes us to stand on the strength of our head, it is named Headstand Posture. Sanskrit word for it is Shirshasna, but it is pronounced as ‘Sirsasana’ or ‘Sirshasana’, too.While being on mere support of the head, we can take the assisting support of our palms or ankles as shown in these two illustrated postures.As this postures makes us to stand on the strength of our head it is named as Sirshasana, the Head Stand Posture. While being on mere support of the head, we can take the assisting support of our palms or ankles as shown in these two illustrated postures.
How to Do Shirshasana
Here is step-by-step guidance for doing this pose. It is one of the most difficult postures. But it can be done in two stages.
- Come to kneeling position and put your forearms fully touching the floor. The fingers are to keep interlaced.
- Put your head on the area cupped by your fingers and the forearms.
- Then raise your waist as straight as possible. You can do it by taking your feet closer to head. It will send your hips over your shoulder. In this position your body would make the shape of a triangle on floor. This posture is an independent yoga posture. It is called Raja Grivasana. You can stay in this pose as long as you like.
- After you feel comfort in Raja Gricasana, the last pose as shown above, you would try lifting your feet and dragging knees near to your chest.
- Let the feet be settled for a while.
- The slowly and steadily try raising legs up. You should not worry if you fail to do it for one or two days.
- After the legs are straight and upward, the ‘Headstand Posture’ is completed. You are to remain in this pose for ten seconds.
- When you decide to end the pose, first put your one of the legs on the floor and then another.
Like all other postures, it increases the flow of blood to our head and brain. This in turn would result in improvement of intellectual functions. It would help in increasing our memory.
It would help us to get relief from back pain or pain in leg and thigh muscles.