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 Sarvangasana is known shoulder stand pose in English. Sarv is a Sanskrit word which means ‘entire’. In this asana the whole body is balanced on the shoulders. This asana is called as mother of all the asanas. It has many health benefits.

Steps to do Sarvangasana

Lie down on the yoga mat comfortably. Breathe normally. Keep your arms by the side of your body.

Slowly lift your legs, back from the ground. Keep your palms at the back to support your back. The weight of the body should be on the shoulders and arms and not on the head.

Keep the back straight and firm and toes pointing towards the roof. The back of your body should be 90degrees to the floor. Your chin should touch the chest. Hold this position atleast 30seconds or as along as you are comfortable.

Breathe normally and the elbows should be touching the floor when you are holding your back for support. Beginners can try doing this asana with a support of wall at the beginning.

 To get back into the original position bend the knees and get back the legs to the ground. Slowly and steadily get back into normal the position and keep breathing normally.

Benefits of Sarvangasana

It stretches the spinal and helps in the functioning of nervous system.

Stimulates thyroid and parathyroid gland.

It helps in proper functioning of circulatory system, digestive system and respiratory system.

It stops hair fall as blood good oxygenated blood is supplied to the head.

Good for eyesight and for skin care. It protects the skin for early wrinkles, pimples and early agenig factor.

This asana helps in getting relief from constipation and varicose veins.


Women should not perform this asana during pregnancy and mensuration period.

 People suffering from any heart related problems should avoid doing this asana or consult a physician before starting this asana.

Any person who has any back injuries or any operations on the back should consult physician.

People suffering from high blood pressure, slip disc, spondylosis, neck pain should consult a physician before starting this asana.

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