Coming the “Queen of asanas,” Sarvangasana!! The Sanskrit word Sarv-anga-asana means whole body posture. This is a dynamic inversion, which is held for 1 minute in hatha yoga, 3-5 minutes in yin yoga, up to 10 minutes in restorative yoga and for around 25 minutes in Iyengar yoga!!

What is so special about Sarvangasana?

Shoulderstand helps in the functioning of:

  • Endocrine system
  • Nervous system
  • Circulatory system
  • Respiratory system

While strengthening the shoulders and helping calm the body and mind. :)

Chakra-wise

The Vishuddhi Chakra is the starting point of Udana Prana. It is a function of this Prana to purify the body of toxic substances while breathing. Purification not only occurs on the physical level, but also on the level of the psyche and mind.

The throat chakra is the first of the three spiritual chakras.  To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication.

Benefits of Sarvangasana

  1. Balances hormones: Sarvangasana balances the thyroid and hypothalamus glands, allowing for proper hormone production.
  2. Good for heart health: In the pose, the body is inverted and venous blood flow to the heart without any strain by force of gravity .
  3. Beneficial for asthma: The pose exerts pressure on the sternum against the chin. Thus prevents breathing from the top of the lungs thus cure asthma and other respiratory problems.
  4. Relieves from varicose vein: It reduces blood pressure to the blood vessels of the legs. Thus gives great relief to the people suffering from varicose vein. It is also good to the disorders at the heel and groin region.
  5. Improved Blood circulation: Stagnant blood from the lower regions of the body is drained to the heart. Thereby improving the supply of fresh blood. Blood supply to the head area i.e. brain, eyes, ears, nose and throat is improved thereby improving their functioning.
  6. Detoxifier: Detoxification of the body due to improved efficiency of the organs of the body which leads to youthfulness and anti-ageing effects.
  7. Reduces constipation: The change in gravitational pull on the body affects the abdominal organs so that the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved.
  8. Strengthener: With regular practice the shoulders and core becomes strong.
  9. The lung capacity is increased: as the diaphragm, which is the muscle of respiration, has to work against gravity in this posture. Thereby, this helps in the abdominal respiration.
  10. Improves the Immunity system.

Mind Benefits:

  • Soothes headache: During performing Sarvangasana, the head remains in the inverted position and supply of blood to it is regulated by firm chinlock that leads to soothe of nerves and headache.
  • Treats hypertension: The pose shows soothing impacts on the nerves thus good for those who are suffering from hypertension, irritation, shortness of temper and nervous breakdown.

Pro-tip

Walk your hands up the spine to keep the body straight.

Contra-indications

  • Avoid incase of severe shoulder or neck pain.
  • Pregnant women should skip it.
  • Women should avoid during menstruation.

Respect to the queen of asanas in the truest way. When I feel I’m catching the cold or flu, I ensure to hold Sarvangasana for a longer time. This asana is not a magic wand that it will cure you of everything on Day 1. But, 15 days and you can see the magic flowing…

Iti Jain