Salamba Sarvangasana – Shoulderstand

Salamba Sarvangasana – Shoulderstand


Salamba Sarvangasana is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Salamba(Supported), Sarva(All),Anga (Limbs) and asana (posture or pose). It is called as Shoulderstand in English.

Preparatory Poses for Salamba Sarvangasana are Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Virasana and Halasana; and the follow-Up Poses are Savasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana and Salamba Sirsasana.

Salamba Sarvangasana is the Mother of all the asanas or Queen of all asanas. It is an intermediate level powerful asana.

Steps Involved:

  1. On yoga mat, start with lying flat on your back.
  2. Keep the legs together
  3. Place your arms by your side.
  4. Breathing should be normal.
  5. Lift your legs, buttocks, and back, with one swift movement.
  6. Make sure that the elbows support your lower body.
  7. Stand high on your shoulders.
  8. You can use the hands to support your back.
  9. Breathing should be normal.
  10. Try to move your elbows closer to each other.
  11. Straighten your spine and legs.
  12. Make sure that the whole body weight should lie on your upper arms and shoulders.
  13. Warning: Please don’t support the body on your head or neck.
  14. Try to up your legs and point the toes out.
  15. Hold in this position for few seconds (20 to 90 seconds).
  16. Breathe deeply.
  17. Slowly exit the pose by come back to lie flat and relax on the floor.


  • Improves the digestion.
  • Flushes mucous from your lungs.
  • Helps to reduce the insomnia and Fatigue.
  • Regular practise helps to cure the infertility, sinusitis and asthma.
  • Relieves the symptoms of menopause.
  • Great pose to cure the mild depression.
  • Helps to improve the flexibility.
  • Regulates the elimination.
  • Stimulates the prostate glands, thyroid and abdominal organs.
  • Regular practise of this pose help to nourish the thyroid and Para-thyroid with blood.
  • Gives the gentle stretches to the back, neck, spine and Shoulders.
  • Regulates the metabolism.
  • Improves the good sleep.
  • This pose helps to reduce the fluid retention in the feet and legs.
  • Calms the brain.
  • Relieves the stress.
  • The legs and buttocks get toned.

Dos, Don’ts and Tips:

People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.

  • Neck injury
  • Headache
  • Menstruation
  • High blood pressure
  • Back problems
  • Inner ear or eye infection
  • Pregnancy
  • Diarrhea
  • Menstruation

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.