10 Reasons to Practice Shoulderstand Every Day

You don't have to be a seasoned yogi to benefit from yoga. Even one simple yoga pose can be a real game changer for you. Shoulder stand(Sarvangasana) in particular is considered by many as queen of yoga. 

Yoga expert Lisa Mitchell has 10 reasons why you shoulder stand should become a part of your daily routine:

1. Balances hormones: Sarvangasana balances the thyroid and hypothalamus glands, allowing for proper hormone production.

2. Strengthens the heart and respiratory system: Due to the fact that the body is in an inverted position, shoulderstand reduces strain on the heart. Healthy blood can easily circulate around the neck and chest, and as a result, people with asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments may get relief. 

3. Combats the common cold: Continued practice of this asana eradicates common colds and other nasal disturbances.

4. Soothes the nervous system:  This pose has a soothing effect on the parasympathetic nervous system. Therefore, those easily irritated, or prone to anger or nervous breakdowns can be stabilized and less reactive to life’s circumstances. 

5. Reduces constipation: The change in gravitational pull on the body affects the abdominal organs so that the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved.

6. Increased strength and flexibility: Shoulderstand strengthens the upper body, legs and abdomen.  The posture opens the chest and stretches the neck, shoulders and upper back muscles.

7. Decreases varicose veins: Shoulderstand assist in draining old blood from the legs, pelvis and abdominal area, therefore reducing varicose veins.

8. Stimulates the Visuddah (Throat Chakra):  Shoulderstand ignites the fifth chakra, which is associated with creativityand self-expression. When this chakra is open, our negative experiences can easily be transformed into wisdom and learning.

9. Reduces wrinkles: Due to increased blood flow to the face, wrinkles can be reduced. In addition, many practitioners notice an improved complexion with a consistent shoulderstand practice.

10. Aides in restful sleep: Shoulderstand promotes deep sleep and can assist in providing rest for people with insomnia. 


  1. How long do you hold the position?

  2. How long do you hold the position?

    1. hold as much as you comfortably can, start with 6-8 full breaths and eventually you'll be able to hold more, build yourself up to 5 minutes

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