Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana) has innumerable benefits. It sends a flow of enriched blood to the brain, and helps reduce stress and produce states of calm. It is great for headaches too. The thymus gland is stimulated which in turn boosts the immune system.
Because pressure is relieved from the anus it is terrific in the treatment of haemorrhoids. This is also a terrific pose for prostate problems.
It has been used to help with asthma, diabetes, colitis, impotence and can help prevent colds and flu.
Shoulderstand – How To
1 Lie on your mat, feet together and with your arms by your sides, palms down.
2 Lift your legs and hips off the floor and bring the legs up so the toes are above your head with your legs at a 45 degree angle.
3 Bring your arms behind your back to support your body.
4 Straighten your spine and bring your legs up so they are pointing to the sky.
5 Hold this position and breathe deeply and evenly, ensuring the chin is pressing against the chest. Try and bring your elbows closer together if you can.
If you find this a strain at any point, bend your knees and relax, before resuming the posture.
To come out of the pose, bring your legs over your head and unfold vertebra by vertebra until you are flat on your mat, and relax.
If you wish you can move straight into Plough Pose (halasana).