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Sarvangasana (Shouder Stand) with wall support

Sarvangasana with wall support

In a previous article, I discussed the Sarvangasana – सर्वाङ्गासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen] (shoulder stand), along with Matsyasana (fish pose) and its variations.The technique discussed therein was appropriate for those who have adequate neck and shoulder strength so they can get into the […]

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) with variations (video)

Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)

Sarvangasana – सर्वाङ्गासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen](Shoulder Stand) and Shirshasana (Head Stand) are two of the most commonly practiced inverted poses in yoga practice. They are considered intermediate level poses and should be practiced under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. In this article, I […]

Can Shirshasana (Headstand) heal torn rotator cuff?

As those of you who have been attending my yoga classes know that I have been battling shoulder pain for quite some time now. Actually, the pain in my right shoulder started almost two and a half years ago (more about it later on in this post). However, a recent MRI of my […]

Halasana (Plow Pose)

The word "hala" in Sanskrit means a ‘plow’ (also spelt ‘plough’), a basic implement in the old days used to till the soil. In its final position, it resembles a wooden plough which is pulled by one or two oxen or horses in the field. The mention of the name ‘plough’ brings back […]

Tripod Headstand (Shirshasana-2)

We will continue our discussion of the headstand (शीर्षासन) and work on two variations in which we use the hands instead of the forearms for support. This pose puts a little extra pressure on the head and the arms as compared to the traditional pose described earlier.

Preparation for the asana […]

Headstand (Shirshasana)

In a previous article, we talked about one of the commonly practiced inverted poses called Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). In today’s article, I am going to discuss another very important inverted pose – Shirshasana – (शीर्षासन) – [Audio clip: view full post to listen](headstand). In many yoga texts, shirshasana has been described as "the […]

Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)

In this article, we will be discussing one of the inverted poses, called Sarvangasana – सर्वाङ्गासन – (commonly translated as the Shoulder Stand or the Supported Shoulder Stand pose). In some yoga texts, this pose is called the "queen of the asanas" (the headstand or the shirShasana is generally referred to as the […]