The word Sarvangasana had been taken from Sanskrit सर्वाङ्गासन. It consists of three words Sarv, Anga, and Asana. The meaning of Sarva is Entire; anga is part of the body and asana means yogic posture. In English, it is known as Shoulder stand yoga pose. It is playing a pivotal role in the overall functioning of the body. It is known as ‘Mother of All Asanas’, which indicates its benefits and significance. It brings peace and harmony to the body thus helping in the management of lifestyle-related disorders such as stress, anxiety, depression, etc.
How to do Sarvangasana
The various simple steps of performing Sarvangasana are being given below. By following these techniques, even the learner can easily practice this asana.
- Lie down in the supine position or lying on your stomach.
- Raise your legs slowly upward and bring it to a 90° angle.
- Bring the legs towards the head by raising the buttocks up.
- Raise the legs; abdomen and chest try to form a straight line.
- Place the palms on your back for support.
- Place the chin against the chest.
- Maintain the position as long as comfortable.
- Try to maintain the pose for up to 30 seconds or more.
- Slowly return back to the original position.
- While doing this, first lower the buttocks with hands supporting the back and slowly come to the surface or in the original position.
- Perform it twice or thrice.
After performing Sarvangasanam one should practice Matsyasana immediately to ease backache.
Sarvangasana related pose
The sequentially related poses of shoulder stand yoga are:
- Ardha Halasana
- Viprit Karni
Top benefits of Sarvangasana
Some of the most important benefits of Sarvangasana are given below:
- Thyroid gland: The shoulder stand yoga pose is good for the healthy functioning of the pituitary, pineal, kidney, liver, spleen, and testes. Thus, it regulates the functions of all the glands of the body.
- Invigorates circulatory system: The asana is good in the case of the circulatory system, respiratory system, and digestive system.
- Headache: It enhances the supply of blood to the head region and good for managing headaches and migraines.
- Hypertension: It has a cooling effect on the nerves, thus beneficial for high blood pressure patients.
- Insomnia: It is good for insomnia patients as it facilitates the blood supply to this region.
- Constipation: It seems to be a panacea for constipation patients. A person suffering from constipation should practice it regularly.
- Intestinal ulcers: It stimulates the intestinal and stomach glands thus good for ulcers in these regions.
- Hair fall: It enhances the supply of blood in the head region and prevents hair fall.
- Sexual disorders: The yoga pose is beneficial in case of sexual problems such as frequent abortions, leucorrhoea, syphilis, etc.
- Weight Loss: It helps in the burning of fat.
- Eyesight: It is good for eye vision.
- Skincare: It helps to prevent wrinkles, pimples, and delay aging.
The shoulder stand yoga pose has contraindications and side effects. Some of the cautions of Sarvangasana are being mentioned below.
- The asana shouldn’t be performed by those who have high blood pressure.
- Avoid this asana during menstruation.
- Having experiencing spinal problems, skip this asana.
- Don’t practice in case of glaucoma, acute thyroid problems, chronic neck conditions, shoulder injuries, and retina problems.
- It should be avoided by those who have heart problems, middle ear problems, capillary, weak age, spondylosis, and Slip disc.