Shoulder Stand with Wall Support – Sarvangasana
“The Queen of Yoga Poses”

Sarva = Whole
Anga = Body
Asana = Posture

How to do

– Lie on the floor near a wall with your buttocks as close to the wall as possible while laying on your side
– Lift one leg and then the other up onto the wall so that your heels are supported against it
– If you have any discomfort in your lower back, adjust your body slightly back from the wall so that your sitting bones are not touching it or support your pelvis with a folded blanket
– Rest your head on the mat or floor, keeping your spine straight, and bend your knees a little so your knees don’t lock
– Bend your knees placing feet flat on the wall and press into feet, lifting hips up
– Breath slowly and deeply

Benefits

– Regulates blood flow
– Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
– Improves digestion
– Restores tired feet or legs
– Stretches the back of the neck, front torso, and back of the legs
– Relieves mild backache
– Strengthens core
– Calms anxiety
– Relieves symptoms of mild depression and insomnia

Contraindications

-Menstruation, third trimester of pregnancy, glaucoma or high blood pressure

One legged Shoulder Stand with Wall Support - Salamba Sarvangasana
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