Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) – 30 Benefits and Contraindications

What is Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

  • Practicing this asana integrates your mind with your body and soul.
  • Your brain feels bright yet calm, your body feels light and infused with radiance.
  • The inverted pose allows fresh, healthy blood to circulate around your neck and chest.
  • This alleviates bronchial disorders and stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Here is the video to help you understand the right step by step technique to practice the Salamba Sarvangasana

Benefits of Salamba Sarvangasana

  1. Alleviates hypertension
  2. Soothes the nerves
  3. Improves the functioning of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
  4. Alleviates asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, throat disorders and congestion
  5. Relieves breathlessness and palpitations
  6. Helps treat colds and sinus blockages/sinuisitis
  7. Improves bowel movements and relieves colitis
  8. Alleviates urinary disorders
  9. This yoga pose stretches and strengthens the shoulder and the neck
  10. Helps treat hernia
  11. Helps treat a prolapsed uterus and reduces uterine fibroids
  12. Relieves congestion and heaviness in the ovaries, and helps treat ovarian cysts
  13. Calms the brain
  14. Stimulates the function of the prostate glands
  15. Reduces menstrual cramps and helps regulate menstrual flow, if done regularly between two menstrual periods
  16. Relieves stress and nervous disorders
  17. eases migraines and stress related headaches
  18. alleviates hypertension and insomnia
  19. reduces palpitations
  20. This yoga pose helps in relieving from the symptoms of mild depression
  21. Stimulates the function of the abdominal organs
  22. Improves the digestion
  23. Relieves cervical spondylosis and shoulder pain
  24. This yoga pose relieves insomnia
  25. Prevents varicose veins
  26. Relieves the fatigue
  27. This yoga asana helps in reducing the symptoms of menopause
  28. Strengthens and tones the legs and buttocks
  29. Alleviates ulcers, colitis, chronic constipation, and hemorrhoids
  30. This pose is the best yoga therapy for infertility

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not practice this asana during menstruation.
  • People with high blood pressure should only attempt this asana immediately after holding the pose of Halasana for at least 3 minutes.


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