Yoga #5 : Sarvangasana – the shoulder stand

This video introduces the yoga shoulder stand pose.

What are the yoga shoulder stand’s benefits?

This pose, Sarvangansana, is very good for:

  • the thyroid gland
  • stimulating the blood circulation
  • releasing small tensions in the shoulders and neck

Careful! Do not do this pose if you are suffering from

  • High blood pressure
  • Herniated discs
  • Tensions / issues in the neck or shoulders

How to go into the shoulder stand pose?

Start lying on your back. Feet are together, toes pointing to the sky. Hands are palms down, near your body.

Push with your hands to lift your legs to 90°, then push to lift your pelvis. Put your hands on your lower back, fingers to the sky.

Breathe deeply. When you inhale, imagine your body becoming more spacious. When you exhale, release any extra tension in your shoulders, your neck. You can try to become more and more comfortable with each breath.

Don’t force anything, just listen to your body and sensations.

To come out of the pose, bring your legs towards your head, closer to the floor. Put your hands back down. Push with your hands to unroll your spine, vertebra by vertebra. Take your time. Your can slightly bend your legs if it feels more comfortable.

You can return to Savasana, the relaxation pose, to breathe and enjoy the shoulder stand’s benefits!

To learn more about yoga and start your practice, have a look at Body Mind Co videos on Youtube, or book your yoga session.

Yoga #5 : Sarvangasana – the shoulder stand
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