If there’s one of the important yoga poses, it’s the shoulderstand (sarvangasana). This yoga pose often alluded as the queen of all yoga poses along with headstand regarded as the king.
While it’s not easy for everyone to achieve a perfect shoulder stand, this sequence will take you through the process of preparation of doing it. Regular practice of shoulderstand offers many health benefits.
Aside from being alluded as queen of all yoga poses, it is also a complete yoga pose meaning when this pose is done it affects the entire body including the brain. It has been mentioned by Sri Dharma Mittra that there are yogis who only do shoulder stand holding it from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. With this fact alone, there’s no reason not to practice it daily.
10 Benefits of Regular Shoulderstand Practice
1. Develops Flexibility and Strength
With regular practice, this pose helps strengthen the abdomen, legs, and the entire upper body. It also opens and relaxes the neck and chest including shoulders and muscles at the back.
2. Fights Common Cold
With regular practice of shoulder stand, it can help relieve nasal congestion and helps eliminate common colds.
3. Aids In Hormonal Balance
Regular practice of shoulder stand (sarvangasana) balances both hypothalamus and thyroid glands for efficient production of hormones throughout the body.
4. Helps Achieve Good Sleep
This pose when practice regularly can aid people with insomnia achieves a good night sleep. Therefore, it is a good idea to perform this pose a few minutes before bedtime.
5. Strengthens Respiratory System and The Heart
Shoulderstand pose reduces the strain on the heart due to its inverted position. Therefore, an increase in blood circulation in the chest and neck area allowing a relief especially individuals suffering from bronchitis, throat ailments, and asthma.
6. Stimulates and Opens The Throat Chakra>
This pose helps stimulates the 5th chakra known as the visuddah or throat chakra, which is linked with self-expression and creativity.
7. Relaxes (Calm Down) The Nervous System
Sarvangasana offers a calming effect on the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Hence, individuals who are getting irritated easily, or those having difficulty controlling anger, or even anxiety may benefit with regular practice of shoulder stand.
8. Aids In Proper Digestion and Lessen Constipation Occurrence
Due to its inverted position, it provides gravitational pull on the body’s parts found in the abdomen helping the digestive process and allowing the bowel to move freely.
8. Helpful In Lessening Varicose Veins
Due to its inverted position, it pulls away or drains the old blood stuck in the legs, abdominal and pelvis areas.
9. Helps Diminish Wrinkels
Due to its inverted position, an increased blood flow towards the face happens reducing wrinkles. As a matter of fact, regular practitioners of this pose noticed an improvement on skin complexion when practiced regularly.
Tips For Beginners
If you’re a beginner, don’t force yourself to achieve the perfect shoulder stand. Your flexibility may not yet enough as well as strength to do it correctly. Keep practicing because small progress matters towards your success in doing the shoulder stand.
Practice it daily. You may not be able to it perfectly right now, but certainly doing it regularly you’ll be able to notice the benefits over time.
Who Should Not Do Shoulderstand?
Not all yoga poses fit for everyone’s practice. There are certain contradictions and people with the following illnesses should avoid doing a shoulder stand; hernias, glaucoma, cervical spondylitis, cardiovascular health issues, high blood pressure, detached retina and individuals with slipped discs.
Moreover, individuals with problems with the neck due to injury, for instance, should seek advice from an expert prior to doing a shoulder stand.
Women who are in their menstrual period should abstain the practice of shoulder stand. Instead, doing a more simple restorative pose is recommended like the legs up the wall pose.