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.