Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulder Stand)

Posted by huihsien on 23 Oct 09

This is a tricky posture for those who suffer from neck-related problems. However, by practising safely (roll another mat and place it under your shoulders to provide extra support) anyone will be able to reap the full benefits of Salamba Saravangasana. Among them are improved blood circulation, better digestion and a more effective respiratory system.

Many will also be delighted to know that this pose promotes anti-ageing effects such as a youthful and clear complexion.

To come into Salamba Sarvangasana easily, place your palms facing downwards, right under your buttocks. Tuck in your elbows, upper arms and roll back your shoulders, creating a space between your lower back and the mat, then swing both feet up with both palms supporting your back and slowly adjust your alignment so that your chin is as close to your throat as possible and your entire spine from the base of your neck right up to the feet forms a straight vertical line.

There should be an internal rotation of the thighs as you keep both big toes touching one another. It is important not to move your neck once in the pose to avoid neck injury.


You can explore other variations by coming into Baddha Konasana (Cobbler’s Pose) or Padmasana (Lotus Pose).

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[…] poses safely. It is important to note that inverted poses such as Sirasana (Headstand) and Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand) require raising the heart above the head and forces the blood to rush upwards. […]

March 3rd, 2010 at 4:18 pm

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