Weight over your shoulder – the good kind

Zeus condemned Atlas to stand at the western edge of Gaia and hold up The Heavens on his shoulders

SARVA-ANGA ASANA The word Sarvanga is a Sanskrit word comprised of two words. One is ‘sarva (all) and another is ‘anga (lims). It literally means “all the limbs”. When one does this inversion posture, the entire body is resting on the shoulders. Picture the greek god Atlas, although in a much smaller scale!   HOW TO DO SHOULDER STAND POSE • Lie on the your back • Bend both legs 90 degrees • Using your core, raise the legs up and straighten the spine. Lift • Support the back with your palms. Elbows are grounded on the floor • gaze is towards the toes             CONTRAINDICATIONS 1. cervical or neck injuries 2. high blood pressure 3. menstruation 4. spinal weakness caused by conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis   BENEFITS 1. Bye to common colds: eradicates common colds and other nasal disturbances. 2. Hello sexy legs: It increases the flow of blood to the upper parts of our body. As we have learned inversions help in the circulatory systems- Ladies? It keeps the varicose veins away! Save yourself the trip to the doctor, or those expensive creams! But the most important benefit? It's just plain FUN!   So go ahead, channel the greek god or goddess in you. Carry some weight over those shoulders - the good kind!     Bianca Pereche- Gamboa 200hr TTC (weekday), March 2015