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Curative Yoga

The Shoulder Stand (Sarvang Asana)

Benefits

Effective for Excessive anger or hate, Migraine headache, Liver disorder, hemorrhoids, Anaemia, Hypertension, Indigestion.

The Shoulder stand invigorates and rejuvenates your whole body. This yoga gently massages the thyroid and parathyroid glands (found in the neck region) by its firm chin-lock. This gentler massage increases the fresh blood circulation to these glands, and thus this gland starts working to its full efficacy. These glands are responsible for protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism as well as vitamin metabolism. This in-turn is affecting, how the human cells can use energetic compounds. The thyroid also regulates other glands that produce other hormones.

Description of the asana

  1. Lie down on the floor with your legs together and your hands, push down, by your sides. inhaling, push down on your hands and raise your legs straight up above you.
  2. Lift your hips off the floor and bring your legs up, over and beyond your head, at an angle of about45.
  3. Exhaling, bend your arms and support your body, holding as near the shoulders as possible, thumbs around the front of the body, fingers around the back. Push your back up, lift your legs.
  4. Now straighten your spine and bring the legs up to a vertical position. Press your chin firmly into the base of your throat. Breathe slowly and deeply in the pose, gradually trying to work your elbows closer together and your hands further down your back toward the shoulders, so as to straighten your torso. Keep your feet relaxed.

Caution

Shoulder stands should not be attempted without a qualified teacher.
Any one suffering from breathing difficulties or pain in the upper spine should not attempt these postures. Women should not do any inverted poses during menstruation as it reverses the blood flow. People suffering from blood pressure, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should perform this exercise after consulting and under supervision of a yoga teacher.