67. Padma Sarvangasana (Lotus Shoulders Stand)

Padma Sarvangasana (Lotus Shoulders Stand)

6In Sanskrit “Padma” means “Lotus”, “Sarva” means “All of every”, “Anga” means “Limb”.  The English name of this asana is “Lotus Shoulder Stand”.

Position : Supine

Type : Inversion

Spiritual Awareness : Vishuddhi chakra
Physical Awareness : Neck, legs, shoulders, spine, breath.

Dosha Suitability : Pita, Kapha

Introducery Asanas : Vipareeta Karani Asana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Supta Virasana

Procedure:

  1. Lie on the back.
  2. Come into Sarvangasana and support the back with the hands.
  3. Bring the legs into Padmasana and hold this position for approximately 1 minute.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position.

Variation:

  1. While in the final position, turn the pelvis and the legs to the right and support the right buttock on the right hand. Hold this position for approximately 1 minute.
  2. Then turn the pelvis and the legs to the left and support the left buttocks on the left hand.
  3. Also hold this position for approximately  1 minute.
  4. Slowly return to the starting position.

Follow-up Asana:

  1. Halasana
  2. Matsyasana

Spotlight effects:  

Neck, shoulders, spine, legs, and breath.

Physical Benefits: 

Apart from the benefits of Sarvangasana, this asana gives an additional stretch and massage to the pelvic region and internal organs.

Therapeutic Benefits:

Remains the same as that of Sarvangasana; however free drainage of blood from the legs is impeded. Therefore, it is not effective in the treatment of piles or varicose veins.

Precautions and Contraindications:

Same as that of Sarvangasana and this asana should not be practiced with a hyperactive thyroid or high blood pressure.