Shoulder Stand

Supported shoulder stand, known in Sanskrit as Salamba Sarvagasana, is known as the Mother of asanas. It balances the the endocrine, the cardiovascular and the nervous systems. Practicing this asana also helps develop the feminine qualities of patience and emotional stability, resulting in a calm mind and lower stress levels.

Salma Sarvagasana is one of the best poses for women. It is an excellent pose to help aid digestion, urinary infections, asthma, and menstural complications. It stimulates and provides fresh blood into the thyroid gland, which when dysfunctional can cause infertility.


Lie with your back on the ground, legs stretched out, and arms on the side of your body with the palms facing up. Next, raise your legs up to form a 90 degree angle. Press your palms into the floor and lift your waist up, bringing the legs forward and keeping them vertical to the ground.

With the support of your palms, hold your waist and raise the legs to form a 90 degree angle to the floor. Hold that position for one and a half minutes. Gradually lower your legs and back while placing your hands on the ground, as the entire body rests parallel to the floor.

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Lauren Hanna