Three reasons you should not do Shoulderstand
Posted by Nick Niesen on October 26th, 2010
Shoulderstand ? (Sarvangasana)
The Shoulderstand is called the Queen of all asanas as it benefits the whole body. It is a forward-bending posture engaging all parts of the body and stretching the shoulders, neck and upper back. In the Shoulderstand the whole body is supported by the hands, arms and shoulders. As the body is inverted the blood flows to the heart without any strain by force of the gravity.
Three important reasons you should not do Shoulderstand:
1) If you have High Blood Pressure the posture is better to avoid.
2) Anyone who has Cervical Spondylities should not attempt to practice this pose because as you hold the pose the weight of the body is taken through the neck.
3) If you have Glaucoma or Detached Retina please, avoid the Shoulderstand as it could worsen the condition.
When you are in the Shoulderstand there will be a sensation of extra pressure and tension in the neck because of the severe flexion in the neck. Your eyes, ears and face may also experience an increased sensation of pressure.
Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha Yoga by Subodh Gupta, Yoga Expert based in London.
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