Top health benefits of Sarvangasana yoga pose

By TNT Bureau

Dec 18, 2017: The Sarvangasana or supported shoulder stand is regarded as one of the most popular yoga poses.  This asana is loaded with a number of benefits for the body as well as the mind.

In this asana, the gravity helps in increasing the venous blood flow to your heart, brain, digestive organs and eyes. In fact, each and every part of your body gets benefitted.

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Some important cautions

  • For those who suffer from high blood pressure or spine and neck strain, then it is suggested that you practise this yoga pose with a qualified yoga guru who will recommend a much safer version of the pose with yoga props
  • Don’t do this asana during menstruation as well as pregnancy.
  • Don’t do this asana post meals.
  • Ensure that the weight is dispersed between your shoulders and upper arms, don’t strain your neck. Make sure it isn’t glued to the ground. Also, make certain that there is sufficient space between the ground and your neck to glide fingers under it.

Steps to do Sarvangasana

Lie on the ground on your back, raise up your legs in a straight manner and put them behind your back. Then, place your hands on the upper arms while moving your body vertically up. Lower your legs behind your head and then slowly, bone by bone, roll your back onto the ground to come down.

The varied health benefits

— Soothes nervous system, decreases heart rate and calms the mind.

— Regulates the hormone secretion of the parathyroid and thyroid glands

—Fight against asthma and throat infections.

— Normalizes digestion and increases metabolism

— Tones your shoulders, back, thighs, and gluts.

— Eases swollen legs

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Similar to other yoga poses, Sarvangasana also requires consistency. Begin by staying in the pose for at least 30 seconds. Then, with each passing day, increase the seconds and one fine day you will surely be capable of holding this yoga pose for an entire 5 minutes. It is then that you can experience a huge array of health benefits.

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