Padma Sarvangasana


An advanced variation of shoulderstand …

Padma Sarvangasana a.k.a. ‘shoulder-stand in lotus pose’ stimulates circulation. For this reason, it is one of the Prana Vashya™ Primary Series finishing postures.


How to get into the position

Start in Sarvangasana (that is, lying down on your mat, on your back, gently raise the lower part of your body vertically, with a pull of the abdominal muscles, supported by your palms, which should be placed on your lower back. Then exhale and use your palms on your back to lift your body high by bringing your thighs towards your torso and pushing up with a straight back. To get into Padma Sarvangasana from here, inhale, support your back with your hands and fold your legs into lotus. Then exhale and raise your knees above your waist.


Hold this position for five full breaths. Do not bring your knees above your head.


Benefits

Padma Sarvangasana:

  • As already stated, stimulates circulation and your breathing

  • Strengthens your arms and torso

  • Helps open the third eye chakra (Ajna chakra) and throat chakra (Vishuddha chakra)

  • Stimulates function of your thyroid gland, kidneys and abdominal organs.


Contraindications

Avoid this posture if you have a hyperactive thyroid or any blood pressure issues.


Damian Cadman-Jones is an authorised teacher of Prana Vashya Yoga™

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