Friday, October 14, 2011

Sarvangasan (Shoulder Stand Pose)

  • Lie flat on your back with both your legs together and touch the outer sides of the thighs with your palms, i.e. Simple Supine Pose.
  • While inhaling (Radhey), gently raise both legs together.
  • While exhaling (Krishna), taking support of the arms and elbows, raise your lower back; ensure your legs remain perpendicular to the ground at 90 degrees.
  • Place your elbows firmly on the ground and support the back with both hands.
  • Now try to lower your feet towards your head until the legs get parallel to the floor; inhaling (Radhey), raise your back; then shift your supportive hands to the middle spine to support the back; then raise your legs and lower trunk vertically.
  • As you exhale (Krishna), make both—the trunk and legs—erect by stretching your back, settling chin in the suprasternal hollow.
  •  In the final position, the body-weight is on the neck, head, and the arms.
  • Stay effortlessly for as long as possible with normal breathing.
  • Gradually reverse the order, and return to the initial phase.
  • Eventually, come into Shavasan and relax the whole body.
  • On your breaths and the bodily movements synchronized with them
  • On mentally chanting the Revered Names “Radhey Krishna” along with your breathing and always realizing Their presence in front of you
  • On the balance of your body in the final state
  • Sarvangasan develops our immune system by stimulating the thyroid gland. 
  • Similarly, it increases blood circulation in the brain area, which helps in relieving mental and emotional stress.
  • It also cures many other diseases such as asthma, diabetes, thyroid disorders, menstrual troubles, cough, cold, and flu.
  • This inverted pose works by reversing the effects of gravity on different parts of the body.
  • It promotes proper blood circulation by directing the blood flow of the entire lower body toward the heart.
  • It also prevents varicose veins by reducing the pressure on the legs and directing blood blocked in the veins/valves upwards to the heart.
  • People with high blood pressure, glaucoma, hernia, cervical spondylitis, slipped-disc, heart problems, weak eye vessels, impure blood, thrombosis, kidney problems, active menstrual cycle, and pregnancy should not include this asan in their exercise. Also, people suffering from neck injuries should not do it without the counsel and guidelines of a Yog expert.

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