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Shoulder Stand aka Salamba Sarvangasana

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Shoulder stand, also known as Salamba

Sarvangasana in Sanskrit, is a yoga pose that offers tons of benefits for the body and mind. It is an inversion pose that involves lifting the legs and hips up towards the sky while supporting the back with the hands. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of shoulder stand and provide a step-by-step guide on how to achieve this pose.

Benefits of Shoulder Stand:

1. Improves Circulation: Shoulder stand is an excellent pose for improving blood circulation throughout the body. When you invert your body, gravity helps to bring blood flow towards your head and heart, which can help to reduce swelling in the legs and feet.

2. Boosts Immunity: Shoulder stand stimulates the thyroid gland, which is responsible for regulating metabolism and boosting immunity. This can help to improve overall health and prevent illness.

3. Relieves Stress: Shoulder stand is a calming pose that can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation and reduces tension in the body.

How to Do Shoulder Stand:

1. Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides.

2. Lift your legs up towards the sky, keeping them straight.

3. Place your hands on your lower back for support.

4. Slowly lift your hips off the ground, bringing your legs over your head.

5. Keep your elbows close together and use your hands to support your back.

6. Hold the pose for 10-20 breaths, breathing deeply.

7. To come out of the pose, slowly lower your legs back down to the ground.

It is important to note that shoulder stand should be avoided if you have neck or shoulder injuries or if you are pregnant.

In conclusion, shoulder stand is a powerful yoga pose that offers numerous benefits for both the body and mind. By incorporating this pose into your yoga practice, you can improve circulation, boost immunity, and reduce stress. Remember to always listen to your body and avoid any poses that cause pain or discomfort.

- Sat Nam

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This is my first blog post!

The Shoulder Stand is the pose closest to my heart, and I must tell you why. Years ago, there was a tv program on PBS called LILIAS, YOGA, AND YOU. I was probably 19 years old, and this program came on at 6 am before I went to my summer job (I was in college during the school year). I knew nothing about yoga or any other body strengthening techniques, but I had decided to work along with Lilias every morning. She began with the Salute to the Sun (I can still remember it, 50 years ago!). Then she had a warmup routine that included a Bridge Pose that went into a p…

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