wikiHow to Shoulder Stand in Yoga

Two Methods:Getting in the Starting PositionPerforming the Pose

The Shoulder Stand, or Sarvangasana, is a pose that helps relax stress-prone areas in your back and neck. It is also good for blood circulation.

Method 1
Getting in the Starting Position

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    Lie down on your back on a yoga mat. Keep your foot flexed so that your toes are pointed upwards and your arms stretched out above your head.

Method 2
Performing the Pose

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    Lift your legs straight up towards the ceiling. Your toes should now be pointing behind you.
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    Lift your hips off the floor. Bring your legs up and over your head. Your toes should now be facing the floor.
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    Lift your back so that you are supported by your shoulders. Extend your legs further back. Touch your toes to the floor.
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    Straighten your spine.
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    Place your arms against your upper back. Position them as near as possible to your shoulder blades. Keep your elbows shoulder-width apart.
    • If desired, you can use a belt or similar object to keep your arms together.
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    Push upwards on your back with your hands. Rest your weight on the back side of your shoulders. Do not bend your upper back or chest.

Tips

  • Remember not to hold your breath as you perform the exercise. You'll get the most out of it if you keep your breathing relaxed.

Things You'll Need

  • Yoga Mat

Article Info

Categories: Yoga