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Shoulder Stand - Sarvanga asana

***Stimulates Throat (5th) and Third Eye (6th) Chakras***

Lie on your back, inhale through nose, place palms face-down on floor. Keep hips on floor, bend knees and bring them up toward stomach while exhaling. Inhale slowly through the nostrils, press down on the hands and lift the torso from the waist up off the floor, arching the spine backwards and straightening the arms. Keep the hips on the floor. Inhale, then while exhaling, raise the legs straight up perpendicular to the floor. Use your hands to support your hips or leave the arms flat on the floor, whichever is most comfortable. Keeping legs together, knees straight and toes pointed straight up, keep head straight the chin should be pressed against the chest. Breath gently while holding this posture and reverse steps to return to resting position.

Benefits:

-overall circulation of oxygen and blood is increased diminishing stagnant blood and fluids

-flexibility of the cervical spine is improved and the nerves running from the neck to the brain are toned

-thyroid and thymus glands are stimulated

-enriched blood flows to the brain and tranquilizes the mind

-reduces abdominal fat

-helps asthma, liver, intestines, diabetes, heart, urinary, varicous veins

-renews youthful vitality

-increases digestion

CAUTION: advised not to practice this pose if you have an enlarged thyroid, liver or spleen; arthritis of the neck, slipped disc, heart ailment or advanced stages of pregnancy.

 

Revised: 12/27/2010

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***CAUTION: please consult with your doctor before beginning a new Yoga exercise program***

Colleen Rawn-Boicey

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