Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) – 19 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.

Benefits of Salamba Sarvangasana

  1. Alleviates hypertension
  2. Relieves insomnia and 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
  7. Improves bowel movements and relieves colitis
  8. Alleviates urinary disorders
  9. Helps treat hernia
  10. Helps treat a prolapsed uterus and reduces uterine fibroids
  11. Relieves congestion and heaviness in the ovaries, and helps treat ovarian cysts
  12. Reduces menstrual cramps and helps regulate menstrual flow, if done regularly between two menstrual periods
  13. relieves stress and nervous disorders
  14. eases migraines and stress related headaches
  15. alleviates hypertension and insomnia
  16. reduces palpitations
  17. relieves cervical spondylosis and shoulder pain
  18. Prevents varicose veins
  19. Alleviates ulcers, colitis, chronic constipation, and hemorrhoids

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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