Sarvangasana pose. Benefits and Limitations.


Today I want to share benefits and limitations of the beautiful pose Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand). If we see Sanskrit of that word , we will find that:

Sarva means whole, all, entire

Anga means limbs, parts, organs

Below are the picture that show steps how to do the pose:


First we will start with the limitations, because when you are teaching a class, you need to aware your students before you do any pose, to exclude any injuries in the class.

  • Weak heart
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessively enlarged thyroid (if you have swelling)
  • Weak blood vessels in the eyes
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Cerebral thrombosis
  • People with excessively impure blood ( people that are usually severely constipated, skin covered in boils – those are indications that blood excessively toxic)
  • Slipped disk
  • Detached retina, glaucoma

General limitations:

  • physically tired
  • during periods of illness and fever
  • during colds and coughs, influenza
  • menstruation
  • advance stages of pregnancy
  • after any form of rigorous gymnastics

Pose should be terminated if you start to feel:

  • excessive respiration
  • dizziness
  • palpitations of the heart
  • general discomfort

So far, so good))) Listen to your body, this pose can be dangerous if you are doing mechanically!!! Note, and that very important, do not move your head while you are in final position of the pose and do not stretch your toes out! Do it on an empty stomach)))

Time to know the benefits of Sarvangasana!

  • Beneficial effects on the entire body
  • It drains stagnant blood from the legs and abdominal organs, thereby increasing the general health of these areas
  • It tones up the Thyroid gland
  • Improves respiration
  • Massages the organs concerned with digestion, elimination and reproduction
  • Help to remove de-oxygenated blood, especially in the lower limbs
  • Good for people who has varicose veins
  • The inversion of the body allows the blood in the legs, abdomen to drain freely to the heart for purification and eventual re-circulation (entire circulatory system operates more effectively)
  • Wrinkles and spots on the face reduced by the improved blood supply
  • Facial complexion is generally improved
  • Excellent method of tranquilizing the mind and helps to bring harmony and peace into ones life
  • Visceroptosis (displacement of the abdominal organs)
  • Improve the functioning of the eyes, ears
  • Preventing falling hair
  • Help to harmonize the bioplasmic or pranic flow of energy in the body (the sheath that controls the functioning of the physical body)
  • If asana done with awareness, induce tranquility of the mind, which also helps to induce positive psychological and physiological changes
  • One can maintain youthfulness and rejuvenate an ageing body
  • Correct body weight (metabolism better)
  • Balancing Endocrinol system
  • Improves the blood supply to the brain
  • Normal bone growth (Parathyroid gland) and regeneration
  • Prevention of premature ossification (hardening) of the bones
  • Improves the flexibility of vertebrae and tone all the nerves that pass through the neck to and from the brain
  • Removes backache and headache
  • The pressure of the chin against the chest forces to breath abdominally (improves the intake of air, insures that the abdominal organs are given the continual massage)
  • Improve respiration in treating bronchitis
  • Useful for asthmatics
  • Very useful for treating piles
  • Toning the legs
  • Removing fatigue
  • Helping to relieve menstrual, menopausal and other general sexual disorders
  • Helps to alleviate hydrocele ( water in testicles); leucorrhea (yellowish vaginal discharge); spermatorrhea (excessive involuntary discharge)
  • Improves blood supply to tonsils, thymus
  • The salivary glands in the mouth work more efficiently
  • Therapeutic in constipation, dyspepsia, hepatosis, headache, giddiness, neurasthenia, functional disorders of the eye, ear, nose and the throat, general and sexual debility.

Another question is when to do it? It depends what is the purpose of your practice.

  1. If you practice only asanas, than in the beginning ( for intensifying the power of awareness and wakefulness throughout the ensuing asanas)
  2. If you practice Pranayama and Meditation after asanas, then do at the end ( after asanas loosen up the body and relax the mind)
  3.  Final pose look as below on the picture
  4. sarvangasana

Have a good practice)) Listen to your body, know your limitations and benefit from the pose))


Love and Light!



About oksanawd

Namaste, My name is Oksana Wadhawan and I am originally from Kiev, Ukraine. I presently reside in Mumbai, India, with my husband since October, 2014. I started doing Yoga from 2007 in Cyprus. I was reading a lot of literature on meditation and asanas, trying to do home practice. I was lucky enough that I didnt get injured through my home practice. I started learning Yoga from 2009 (Hot Yoga and Iyengar Yoga) in Kiev, Ukraine. After 3 years of learning, I commenced the yoga teacher’s training course in YogaHot Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2012). I became a certified yoga teacher and began practicing master classes of Iyengar yoga from 2012. My classes were taught by great Iyengar teachers such as Igor Podmazin, Irina Korovina, Oksana Bogush and many others. In 2013 and 2014, I also went on a 7 day Camp to Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai, India. I studied Ashtanga Yoga with Lesley Fightmaster in 2013-2015. My teaching experience includes 2 years of Hot yoga, 1 year of Ashtanga yoga and 1 year of Restorative Yoga or Yin Yoga. I am regularly attending and practicing Iyengar Yoga since 2009. As a teacher, I conducted a yoga retreat for a month in Kiev, Ukraine (May, 2015) where I shared my daily experience and knowledge with my students on asanas, pranayama and meditation. In August 2015, I did my first retreat in Goa, India. I believe in words of K. Pattabhi Jois "Do your practice and all is coming." Its slowly coming for me! I learn and experience through my body, my emotions, my pain, my enlightenment, what it is Yoga! Yoga is my way of life! And I can show you a way that Yoga can be your way of life as well))) Love and Light!

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