Why do Sarvangasana ?
“Sarv” means all or entire in Sanskrit, and “anga” means limbs or parts of the body. So Sarvangasana translates as the all limbs pose, or the pose that benefits the entire body. Also commonly called as the “Queen of all asanas”, the shoulder stand is one of the most important and beneficial poses in all of yoga. While this pose literally benefits the whole body from the toes to the top of the head, the pose also bestows tremendous psychological and energetic benefits
Why Do Sarvangasana ?
- One can help to maintain youthfulness and rejuvenate an aging body by regular practice of sarvangasana
- Sarvangasana improves the blood supply to the brain.
- The influence of sarvangasana on the parathyroid glands helps to ensure normal bone growth and regeneration and can prevent premature ossification (hardening) of the bones.
- Sarvangasana improves the flexibility of the vertebrae and tone of the nerves that pass through the neck to and from the brain.
- Abdominal breathing
during sarvangasana encourages the individual to breathe abdominally throughout the day.
- Sarvangasana is very useful for asthmatics.
- Sarvangasana reduces blood pressure by acting on the carotid sinuses in the neck.
- Sarvangasana is very useful for treating piles (hemorrhoids) and varicose veins, for it helps to drain
accumulated blood from these areas.
Steps to Do Sarvangasana :
- Lie on your back with hands by your side.
- With one movement, lift your legs, buttocks and back in order that you come up high on your shoulders. Support your back with the hands.
- Move your elbows closer towards one another , and move your hands along your back, creeping up towards the shoulder blades. Keep straightening the legs and spine by pressing the elbows right down to the ground and hands into the rear . Your weight should be supported on your shoulders and upper arms and not on your head and neck.
- Keep the legs firm. Lift your heels higher as if you’re putting a footprint on the ceiling. Bring the large toes straight over the nose. Now point the toes up. concentrate to your neck. don’t press the neck into the ground . Instead keep the neck strong with a sense of tightening the neck muscles slightly. Press your sternum toward the chin. If you are feeling any strain within the neck, begin of the posture.
- Keep breathing deeply and stay within the posture for 30-60 seconds.
- To come out of the posture, lower the knees to forehead. Bring your hands to the ground , palms facing down. Without lifting the top slowly bring your spine down, vertebra by vertebra, completely to the ground . Lower the legs to the ground . Relax for a minimum of 60 seconds.
– Neck injury.
– Slipped discs.
– High blood pressure.
– Heart ailments.
– Thrombosis or impure blood.
– Enlarged thyroid, liver or spleen.
– Cervical spondylitis.