Yoga: The Yoga of the Physical Body.
The Shoulderstand Pose.
Lie flat on the
back with the feet together, the arms by the sides, and palms flat
on the ground.
Using the arms
as levers, raise the legs and back to a vertical position.
Bend the elbows
and use the arms as props to steady the back by pressing it with the
The trunk and
legs should extend straight up, forming a right angle with the neck,
the chest pressing against the chin.
Bend the right
knee and place the right foot on the left thigh.
Bend the hips
forward and place the right knee on the forehead.
Remove the right
foot from the left thigh.
Fold the left
leg and bring its knee to the forehead.
- From sarvangasana,
bend the hips forward and bring the legs to a horizontal position over
can practise up to 15 minutes.
practise for a few seconds and add a few seconds daily.
For general health
benefits 3 to 5 minutes are adequate.
- Not for sufferers
of enlarged thyroid, liver, or spleen, high blood pressure or heart
This asana stimulates
the thyroid gland and thereby improves the balance of the circulatory,
It adjusts improper
body growth and clears psychological disturbances by bringing a rich
supply of blood to the
It relieves asthma,
bronchitis, and elephantitis.
It releases the
normal gravitational pressure from the anal muscles, relieving hemorrhoids
It tones the
legs, abdomen, the
female reproductive organs, spine and neck.
It inhibits hydrocele
and eliminates waistline fat.
diabetes can be remedied.
Mastery of this
asana gives conscious control over body temperature.