Anatomy of Sarvangasana

Anatomy of Shoulder Stand- SARVANGASANA

Sarvangasana or shoulder stands the queen of Asanas.

Benefits of Sarvangasana

  • Thyroid stimulating asana- when holding this asana for longer period of time the blood flow to the neck region will stimulate thyroid..So anyone with thyroid problems should practice regularly
  • Varicose veins – relieving the condition as it helps with faster  back flow from the legs back to the heart and will take pressure from the legs which tend to collect blood while standing
  • Increase blood flow to the head, brain, neck and face
  • Helping with toning of abdominal muscles
  • Promotes lungs health and it can be beneficial for people with asthma as the lungs receive larger amount of blood flow especially in the upper lobes which are neglected or less used most of the time as it is hard to push the blood in there due to gravity
  • Benefits people with heart problems
  • Stimulates parasympathetic system so it is highly calming
  • Stimulates digestive system

Joint position while performing this asana

  • Cervical spine in flexion
  • Shoulders in hyperextension
  • Elbows flexed
  • Hips extended
  • Knees extended
  • Ankles in plantar flexion

Muscles used

Once you reach final position most muscles should be in Isometric contraction

To name the major muscles used

  • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Bicep and triceps
  • Posterior deltoid
  • Core muscles activated
  • Erector spinae
  • Adductor muscles
  • Posterior