Pose of the Week: Shoulder Stand

shoulder stand

Shoulder Stand

SALAMBA SIRSASANA

When the will is ready, the feet are light.” 

~ Proverbs

Benefits of the Pose:

  • Relieves stress & mild depression
  • Strengthens core, lungs, arms, spine, & neck
  • Improves balance & focus
  • Tones Organs in the abdominal region
  • Improves digestion
  • Stimulates pituitary & Pineal glands
  • Brings new blood to brain cells

Asana breakdown:

I love this pose! I have often heard it referred to as the “King pose of Yoga”. For some people this is their go-to pose: if they only have ten minutes to do some yoga, they are probably doing this. It has so many benefits beyond what is listed above. It’ll definitely give you a different perspective.

Now, it can look a little daunting at first, but I promise you that with practice the yoga Gods will bless you with the ability to get into this! It is safest to try this pose for the first time with a spot or against the wall. I like to do this with in the first half of my practice, often starting either in Down Dog (Adho Muhka Svanasana) or Dolphin (Makarasana). Use the position of your hands, which should align your middle finger with the middle of your shoulder, to find the proper width the elbows should be apart from one another. Another way to check is to come onto your forearms and reach for the opposite elbow. Clasp your hands together in front of you, place your head in your hands. Pressing into the floor, walk the legs closer to the upper body. Come onto your tip toes, aligning the hips so that then are directly above the torso, and lift the feet off the ground. Keep the knees bent, allowing them to draw close to the abdomen. Once stable here, Extend the legs directly overhead. Lock into a drishti (gazing point), unclench the jaw, and breath deeply.

Sources:

“The Health Benefits of Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand Pose).” CNY Healing Arts. CNY Healing Arts, 21 Mar. 2011. Web. 15 Sept. 2015.

“Supported Headstand – Salamba Sirsasana – Yoga Pose.” Yoga Journal. Yoga Journal, 28 Aug. 2007. Web. 15 Sept. 2015.

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