Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand), and related poses such as Ardha Sarvangasana (Half Shoulderstand), plus the more advanced Shoulderstand Cycle
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Salamba Sarvangasana

sah-LAHM-bah SAHR-vahn-GAH-sah-nah

“salamba” = supported

“sarva” = all or whole

“anga” = limb or body

Whole Body Supported Posture

Also known as: Supported Shoulderstand

Heart of Pose



  • Called the “Queen” or “Mother” of all asanas.
  • To avoid putting too much pressure on cervical vertebrae, Ardha Sarvangasana is a milder version where hips are aligned over elbows.
  • See Cautions in menu above for neck injury, glaucoma, high blood pressure and other conditions.

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