curateyoga
3 years ago10,000+ Views
Yoga Pose of the Week: Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sirsasana)
*Note: The best way to start practicing this posture is with a wall behind you. It allows you to feel supported while still being able to practice. *Pointers: Elbows should rest on the ground shoulder-width distance apart; hands clasp together behind your head; crown of the head is pressed into the floor; straighten your legs and walk your feet as close to your elbows as you can get (creating a V-shape with your body); engage your core as you begin to lift both legs at the same time (or bend your knees as you hop off the floor and then straighten them) Benefits: -Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression -Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands -Builds strength in the shoulders, neck, and core -Strengthens the arms, legs, spine, and lungs -Tones the abdominal organs -Improves digestion -Helps relieve menopause symptoms -Reverses the effects of gravity on the lungs, diaphragm and skin
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I've never tried this position but isn't it a little dangerous? I feel like you can really hurt your neck
3 years ago·Reply
@strawberrychip~ This is definitely a more challenging posture that you should have some yoga experience with before just going for it. Thank you for mentioning that. The alignment of your elbows and head is very important, and like I mentioned, a wall behind you is a great place to start....!
3 years ago·Reply
I just did my first successful shoulderstand! I feel like a gymnast haha
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