Supported Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana)
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Yogi and Coach Yana Ibrahim of Xodus Fitness in San Francisco demonstrates a Supported Shoulder stand.
Instructions: Lie supine on the mat.
Keeping legs together with feet and knees touching, lift the legs off the mat. Straighten and firm up the leg muscles (legs are perpendicular to the mat).
Keeping the belly and buttocks firm, inhale and lift the buttocks and back torso off the mat. As you lift the buttocks off, place the hands firmly behind small of the back.
Elbows and upper back is supporting most of the weight. Bend both knees and slowly bring them close to forward when you are ready to release the pose.
To get out of the pose, slowly release one vertebrae at a time on to the mat without the head leaving the mat. Relax in Savasana.
-Keep chin away from the chest in the pose
-Keep legs, buttocks and belly firm throughout the pose
-Breathe deeply when holding the pose.
-This pose is also known as the mother of all asana in “Light of Yoga” book by B.K.S Iyengar
-Strengthen neck, upper back and shoulders
-Improved digestive organs
-Relieves common cold
-Soothing effect on nerves- reduce irritation, shortness of temper and insomnia
-Boost immune system
Interested in Personal Training or Private Yoga in San Francisco. Check out Yana at Xodus Fitness.
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