Sanskrit Name: Salamba Sarvangasana (sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna)
Salamba = With Support (sa = with
Alamba = Support)
Sarva = All
Anga = Limb
Asana = Pose
Benefits: Shoulderstand calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression while stimulating the thyroid, prostate glands and abdominal organs. It stretches the shoulders and neck, bones the legs and buttocks, and improves digestion. It also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause, reduces fatigue and alleviates insomnia, while also being therapeutic for asthma, infertility and sinusitis.
Contradictions: Avoid this pose if you have diarrhea, high blood pressure or a neck injury. If you have a headache or are menstruating, you may also want to skip this one. If you are pregnant, feel free to practice with support if you already have this pose down.
Know Your Asana: This pose is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without prior experience or unless you have the supervision of an instructor.