supported shoulder stand‘salamba sarvangasana’

This is one of my go to poses when my legs feel fatigued or ‘jumpy’, for the occasional times I experience insomnia or when I just need to shift my perspective, let go of whatever’s playing on my mind and bliss out.

BKS Iyengar describes this pose as the “Mother of asanas.  As a  mother strives for happiness and harmony in the home, so this asana strives for the harmony and happiness of the human system.”

This fantastic pose supports the important thyroid and parathyroid glands responsible for controlling many of the body’s functions.  It stimulates the abdominal organs, so helps with digestion and is a great stress reliever and nerve soother due to the gentle chin lock regulating the blood supply to the head whilst stimulating the vagus nerve, taking us more into the rest and digest mode and away from fight or flight.

For tips on how to get into the pose safely – click here.  For those with a regular practice and no underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, enjoy at least 20 breaths in this pose before coming down.  Pregnant students should avoid this pose in first trimester or if this is a pose not practiced before pregnancy it is not recommended that you start now.  As ever, trust your body, if it feels good to you, great, if not, come out.

Look forward to seeing you back on your mats soon.  In the meantime, give this a try and let me know if this becomes one of your favourite poses too.