The Shoulder Stand (Sarvang Asana)
for Excessive anger or hate, Migraine headache, Liver disorder,
hemorrhoids, Anaemia, Hypertension, Indigestion.
The Shoulder stand invigorates and rejuvenates your whole body.
This yoga gently massages the thyroid and parathyroid glands
(found in the neck region) by its firm chin-lock. This gentler
massage increases the fresh blood circulation to these glands, and
thus this gland starts working to its full efficacy. These glands
are responsible for protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism as
well as vitamin metabolism. This in-turn is affecting, how the
human cells can use energetic compounds. The thyroid also
regulates other glands that produce other hormones.
Description of the asana
- Lie down on the floor with your legs together and your
hands, push down, by your sides. inhaling, push down on your
hands and raise your legs straight up above you.
- Lift your hips off the floor and bring your legs up, over
and beyond your head, at an angle of about45°.
- Exhaling, bend your arms and support your body, holding as
near the shoulders as possible, thumbs around the front of the
body, fingers around the back. Push your back up, lift your
- Now straighten your spine and bring the legs up to a
vertical position. Press your chin firmly into the base of your
throat. Breathe slowly and deeply in the pose, gradually trying
to work your elbows closer together and your hands further down
your back toward the shoulders, so as to straighten your torso.
Keep your feet relaxed.
Shoulder stands should not be attempted without a qualified
Any one suffering from breathing difficulties or pain in the
upper spine should not attempt these postures. Women should
not do any inverted poses during menstruation as it reverses the
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 and under supervision of a yoga teacher.