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In a previous article entitled “How To Benefit From the Shoulder-Stand”, I enumerated some of its benefits and gave an overview of the pose. So now that an idea has been given on what the pose is, in this medium, I will be discussing the actual execution of the Shoulder-Stand.

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Folks, in order to be able to properly perform the Shoulder-stand:

-Place your yoga mat on the floor.

-Lay on your back.

-Slowly raise the legs. Lift the trunk, hips and legs to a vertical position. Rest the elbows firmly on the floor and support the back with both hands.

-Raise the legs till they become vertical. Press the chin against the chest. This is the chin lock.

While performing this pose, the back of the neck, head and shoulders should touch the floor.

Breathe in counts of 5-5-5 (inhalation, retention and exhalation). Don’t allow the body to shake.

I must stress here at this point that it is also recommended that throughout all poses except for maybe the headstand (naturally) the balancing poses and the wheel pose that you try to keep the eyes closed for ease of the execution of the poses.

When the pose is over lower the legs very slowly and gracefully into the next pose discussed.

Starting time for beginners is 1 minute. Fifteen minutes is the recommended maximum.

How To do The Shoulder-Stand Counter Pose 1

Bridge Pose (Sethu Bhandasana):

From the Shoulder Stand position, stretch the legs and slowly touch the floor with the feet. It is done to bend the spine in the opposite direction.

This Pose is Stimulating and Extroverting. Like all backward bending exercises, It associates you with the attitude of embracing life.

How to do The Shoulder-Stand Counter Pose 2

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

For beginners:

Lie on your back. Stretch the legs and keeps the hands palm down under the thighs. Raise the chest with the help of the elbows and, bending the neck as much as possible backwards, rest on the top of the head.

For Advanced:

Cross your legs, Grab your big toes and with the help of the elbows, raise the chest up and while bending the neck as much as possible, rest on the top of the head.

This is the counter pose to the Shoulder Stand and depicted below are some of its immense benefits as:

-It strengthens the thyroid and parathyroid nerves.

-The fish pose can be quite useful for patients suffering from Asthma, consumption and other respiratory diseases.

Hold the fish pose for a third of the time you spend in the Shoulder Stand. The Bridge pose should be a sixth of the time you spend in the Shoulder Stand as well and half of the duration of the Fish Pose.

In addition, make sure that you go into the corpse pose for at least the length of time spent in the shoulder-stand.

It is also recommended that throughout all poses except for maybe the headstand (naturally) the balancing poses and the wheel pose, that you try to keep the eyes closed for ease of the execution of the poses.

For example: 1 minute: Shoulder Stand; 10 seconds: Bridge Pose; 20 seconds: Fish pose

Corpse Pose: 1 Minute.

So there you have it folks; all the possible information you may need on executing the Oh so wonderful shoulder-stand.

To Health,

Foras Aje

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