It’s a forward- bending position engaging all parts of the body and extending neck, the shoulders and upper back. In the Shoulderstand the hands, arms and shoulders support the entire body.
The Shoulderstand nourishes the thyroid gland modulates the body?s controls the heart rate, metabolism, encourages the development and balances the nervous and digestive system. This asana tones the legs and abdomen raising circulation to those places. It massages the abdominal organs and tension is relieved by it. Due to the enriched blood circulation to the brain it also alleviates mental and emotional tension, headaches which is quite tranquilising.
Three significant reasons you must not do Shoulderstand:
1) If you’ve High Blood Pressure the position is better to prevent.
3) If you’ve Glaucoma or Detached Retina please, prevent the Shoulderstand as it could worsen the state.
If you are in the Shoulderstand there will be a sense of strain and additional pressure in the neck due to the acute flexion in the neck. Face, ears and your eyes may also experience a heightened sense of pressure.
During the Shoulderstand the growth of the torso is limited in many cases up to twenty breaths per minute, and leading to respire at the speeds of not less than eight breaths per minutes.
Issued in the interest of individuals practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Specialist based in London.