Shoulder stand yoga pose
1. Lie on your back, legs straight, feet together, hands along the body with the palms facing the floor. Relax your body for several seconds.
2. With an inhalation slowly lift your legs to a 90° angle.
3. Push the floor away with your arms.
4. Interlock the fingers and push yourself onto your shoulders, then support your lower back with your hands. In the final position the shoulders and back should be in an upright position with the chin close to the chest, but without straining the neck.
5. Close your eyes and completely relax the body, focus on the breathing process – slow and deep; and hold the asana for as long as it is comfortable.
6. In the final position the toes should not be tense.
7. To return to the starting position, bring the legs over the head until they reach the floor, either one at a time, or together if you can. Slowly release your hands and place your arms on the floor beside the body with the palms facing down. Gradually lower the back, vertebra by vertebra.
8. Bring the legs back over the head so that you are in a completely supine position.
9. Completely relax your body.
10. Do not do this asana quickly or with any jerking movements; do not turn the head while in the inverted position.
· Sarvangasana is ideally practiced immediately before Halasana. After Halasana either Matsyasana, Ushtrasana or Supta Vajrasana should be practiced as a counter pose for half the combined duration of Sarvangasana and Halasana.
Padmasarvangasana (shoulder stand in lotus pose)
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