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 Shoulderstand, Sarvangasana


"God's peace nom floods my being."

Sar-vaan-gaa-sa-na Sarvanga = the whole body (literally, all limbs)


Place a folded blanket on the floor and lie on the blanket in savasana, with the tops of your shoulders 2-3 inches below the folded edge of the blanket, elbows on the blanket.

Bring your arms in to your sides, palms down. Inhale and lift your legs to vertical, then exhale and push your hands and tiebacks of your arms into the floor, bringing your buttocks off the floor and your legs back over your head. Place your hands on your back for support, moving them as far toward your shoulders as possible, keeping your elbows close to your sides. Roll your shoulders under you and bring your torso to vertical. When you're ready, inhale and straighten through your hip joints, bringing your legs to vertical. To protect your neck and keep your spine long, continue pressing into the floor with the backs of your arms and shoulders as you lengthen upward through both legs.

Breathe smoothly and naturally as you hold the pose and affirm mentally, "God's peace now floods my being."

To exit, bend at your hip joints to bring your knees over your face, then slowly remove your hands and roll out of the pose. Keep your legs straight and lay your spine onto the floor vertebra by vertebra, then slowly lower your legs to the floor.

Pause to integrate the effects of the pose. Or if necessary, proceed immediately to a counterpose to release your neck (e.g., matsyasana).