SARVANGASANA – THE QUEEN OF ASANAS

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Sarvangasana is considered to be the ‘Queen of yoga asanas’, due to its varied benefits to the system.Sarvangasana is a combined form of two ancient Sanskrit words “Sarvang” and “Asana”. Sarvang means ‘entire body’ or ‘every limb’. In English it is known as Shoulderstand Pose as it is entirely depending upon shoulders of practitioner. Sarvangasana benefits your entire body including mind and spirit.

Health Benefits :

  • regulation of the sex glands and the pituitary glands
  • stimulation of the nerves
  • improvement in blood circulation
  • increase in efficiency of the thyroid
  • treats asthma, Hemorroids, Digestion problems.

 Considerations :

Women should not do any inverted poses during menstruation as it reverses blood flow. People suffering from blood pressure, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should perform this exercise after consulting a yoga teacher, under supervision.

Note : Do not allow the body to shake or move to and fro. Keep the legs straight. When the Asana is over, bring the legs down very, very slowly with elegance and not with any jerks. Do the Asana very gracefully.

Steps :

First of all lie down on the ground on your back by legs stretching out with each other and palms facing in downward direction.Now inhale deeply through nostrils by keeping your waist and hips in contact with ground and after that steadily lift both your legs in upward direction until it makes right angle with remaining body. If one finds it tough then he can use his both arms to bear the load and for lifting it up.

After that lift your entire body in air and support your waist with both hands such that your elbow remains in contact with the ground & making a stand type arrangement. Feet should be stretched and should remain in touch with each other by keeping your eyes close in the direction towards the toes and continue breathing steadily.

By this process your entire body will be balanced by your shoulders and continue balancing as much as you can. Practice of this asana for several days will automatically increase your time duration for its practice. If you remove hands support then it is called as Nirlamba Sarvangasana and with hands support it is known as Salamba Sarvangasana.

Now reverse the same procedure to get back to normal position. Initially remove both your hands from waist, put your back on ground following your legs in straight position and return to initial posture.

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