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Well, I don’t know about you, but anyone who basically had time to just be a kid and explore one’s own body must have executed this pose albeit unconsciously at some point in their lives.


That pose is the Shoulder-stand.

Suffice it to say that the Shoulder-stand (known in Sanskrit as Savangasana) is my recommended favorite of the inverted poses, one that I emphasize even more so than the Headstand you might be familiar with as they share almost if not all the same benefits without the fear of standing on your head!

But, I’ll be quick to add that after you may have learned and are actually doing the headstand, you will see why old yoga gurus call the headstand the KING and the Shoulder-stand, the QUEEN!

Nonetheless, here are some benefits of the shoulder-stand:

1. This pose improves health, helps with alleviating stress and anxiety and also increases mental power and self-confidence.

2. While in this pose, the visceral organs including, but not limited to, the ones of the digestive, circulatory, excretory and respiratory systems, receive a natural massage that in turn helps them work better.

3. The proper execution of the shoulder-stand alleviates constipation and it is said to be helpful in combating the enlargement of the liver and spleen organs.

4. In Sanskrit, ‘Sarvanga’ means ‘all the body parts’ so as the name ‘Savangasana’ (‘all the body parts-pose’) suggests, it benefits the entire human body when used, especially with its counter-poses, which are the bridge and fish poses.

It is noteworthy of mention that the great Swami Sivananda, one of the great Yoga Masters of the 20th Century, has said “The Practitioner of Savangasana (the shoulder-stand) is very nimble, agile and full of energy.

With all the benefits listed thus far and considering how easy it is to actually do the pose, it’s easy to see how Sivananda’s quote could be true.

To Health,

Foras Aje

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One Response to “How You Can Benefit From Doing The Shoulder-stand”

  1. Rex says:


    good info!…

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