Steps to perform Sarvangasana
- Lie on your back. With one movement, lift your legs, buttocks and back so that you come up high on your shoulders. Support your back with the hands.
- Move your elbows closer towards each other, and move your hands along your back, creeping up towards the shoulder blades. Keep straightening the legs and spine by pressing the elbows down to the floor and hands into the back. Your weight should be supported on your shoulders and upper arms, and not on your head and neck.
- Keep the legs firm. Lift your heels higher as though you are putting a footprint on the ceiling. Bring the big toes straight over the nose. Now point the toes up. Pay attention to your neck. Do not press the neck into the floor. Instead keep the neck strong with a feeling of tightening the neck muscles slightly. Press your sternum toward the chin. If you feel any strain in the neck, come out of the posture.
- Breathe deeply and slowly in the final position.
- To come out of the posture, lower the knees to forehead. Bring your hands to the floor, palms facing down. Without lifting the head slowly bring your spine down, vertebra by vertebra, completely to the floor. Lower the legs to the floor. Relax for a minimum of 60 seconds.
- Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands and normalises their functions.
- Strengthens the arms and shoulders and keeps the spine flexible.
- Nourishing brain with more blood.
- Stretches the heart muscles by returning more venous blood to the heart.
- Brings relief from constipation, indigestion and varicose veins.
- Influences sex glands beneficially and vitalize sex life.
- Prevents hernia and displacement of abdominal organs.
- Effectively controls and treats premature aging seminal weakness, dyspepsia and constipation.
- Should avoid during periods of illness and fever, such as during coughs and colds, influenza, etc.
- Also avoid during menstruation and advanced stages of pregnancy.