What the heck is salamba sarvangasana?
It's one of my absolute favorite yoga poses because of all the benefits you will feel. These include increased energy, better digestion, stress relief, and a deep stretch for the upper back, neck, and shoulders. Ahhhh how I love this pose! Keep reading and watch my video to hear more of the countless benefits.
How do I pronounce the name?
Say it like this: sahr-vahn-gah-sah-nah
What are the Sanskrit Word Meanings?
salamba = with support
sarva = all or the entire
anga = limbs or the body
asana = pose
Is There a Plain English Name for This Pose?
Yes, feel free to call it shoulder stand. Although, I prefer to say the fancy sanskrit name because it sounds cool!
Why Was it Crowned the "Mother of asanas"?
This particular asana was crowned the “Mother of asanas” by the famous yoga master Iyengar because of the countless benefits you feel from this pose! Iyengar is also the author of Light On Yoga, AKA the bible of yoga poses. If you want to dive deeper into yoga, definitely read this book.
How Do I Master Salamba Sarvangasana?
Simply watch this 5-minute video demonstration above!
Is This Pose for Everyone?
No. This pose is not recommended for beginners or people with high blood pressure. Watch my video to see an alternative pose named halasana (hah-lah-sah-nah) you can do instead.
What Benefits Will I Feel?
- Improves digestion.
- A deep stretch for the shoulders, neck, and upper back.
- Can help relive epilepsy, low vitality, anaemia, stress, and mild depression.
- Sarvangasana helps balance your hormones by increasing blood supply to the neck region where the thyroid and parathyroid glands are located.
- The firm chin lock also soothes nerves, headaches, and helps relieve hypertension, and insomnia.
- The body is inverted, meaning your head is below your heart. Therefore, gravity allows healthy blood to circulate around the neck and chest reliving breathlessness, palpitation, asthma, bronchitis, and other throat ailments.
- The change in gravity also helps relieve constipation and menstrual trouble.
There are even MORE benefits I could mention! But the biggest one for me is feeling an increase in my overall energy and vitality, especially when I am sick. If you haven’t seen my last blog, 7 Ways to Beat the Flu and Avoid Runners Blues, check it out! Also, please ask me if you have any further questions about salamba sarvangasana. I am a certified yoga teacher and enthusiast.
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- What was your own experience during and after trying Salamba Sarvangasana?
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