Remember that with all yoga poses you should listen to your own body and if you feel any discomfort or unease stop practicing and seek assistance from a yoga and/or medical practitioner.
Sarvangasana (All limbs or shoulderstand)
This pose is often varied due to pressure on the neck, so variations are often found in Hatha classes where preparatory work is being done to build towards the full pose. It is also one of poses in the closing sequence of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
This pose strengthens the abdominals and legs. Inversions such as this are not relaxation postures and can be used for invigoration as it improves blood circulation. It can also assist with reducing fatigue and alleviating insomnia. It is not recommended for beginners so variations should be taken to support the neck with advice from your teacher.
Care should be taken around contraindications such as menstruation, high blood pressure, head ache or neck injury.
Sarva means all. Anga means limb. Asana is literally translated as ‘seat’ but is general understood as ‘pose/posture’.