Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) – 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” = 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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