Yoga initially well known as part of religious practice but right now in modern world, yoga is already becoming the part of healthy lifestyle. There are a lot of people are practicing yoga in order to find the balance in their life and due to the amazing health benefits of yoga. While others are prefer to join an exclusive yoga session with a professional, some others prefer to choose several yoga poses that they could do at home anytime and one of the poses that are really popular is sarvangasana because beside this pose is easy to do the benefits of sarvangasana is also a lot for human health.
What Is Sarvangasana?
Sarvangasana comes from the word ‘Sarv’ which means ‘Entire, ‘Anga’ which means ‘Body Parts’ and ‘Asana’ which means ‘Pose’. So, literally sarvangasana is a pose that could benefits all parts of the body. Sarvangasana is also well known as Shoulder Stand yoga pose. This pose is an advance yoga pose but once you know how to do it you don’t need a professional to assist you every time you want to do this pose.
- Improves Blood Circulation
Some studies showed that doing sarvangasana regularly could help improving the blood circulation. It means not only your metabolism is working properly but also some others important systems such as respiratory system and digestive system.
- Good for Cardiovascular Health
As mentioned in the previous point when your blood circulation is in normal pace, your heart will work optimally and easily without pressure. It means you could improve your cardiovascular health and reduces some health risks like heart attack and stroke.
- Treats Hypertension
Symptoms of high blood pressure occur when your cardiovascular health is not in a good condition. If the symptoms occur perhaps it is the perfect time for you to start reconsidering your current lifestyle and adding sarvangasana to your daily routine.
- Remedy to Headache
Though there are a lot of pain killers that are effective to treat headache but the natural way is still the best option. Headache occurs when your head is not getting enough oxygen. Blood has responsible in regulating oxygen throughout the body. Headache is no longer a problem if you have excellent blood circulation.
- Natural Treatment to Insomnia
Insomnia is a common condition but it is not easy to deal with. Sleeping pills are only short-term solution but sarvangasana may be the best long-term solution especially when you do it regularly because it could help improving your sleep quality.
- Benefits for People with Asthma
As mentioned in the point number one, doing sarvangasana is also able to improve the respiratory systems. Some studies stated that doing it regularly could help reducing the symptoms of asthma significantly.
- Good for Digestion
Not only for cardiovascular system and respiratory system, sarvangasana is also great for digestive system. It means you could treat some digestion conditions such as stomach ulcers, stomach pain up to constipation.
- Prevents Thyroid Problems
The optimal blood circulation is also helpful for the function of thyroid and parathyroid glands. It means all nutrients brought by the blood could be absorbed optimally. When the nutrients could be absorbed optimally may affect the metabolism system positively.
- Excellent for Weight Loss
Consuming weight loss foods are not enough if not followed by healthy lifestyle. Sarvangasana may be the replacement of exercises you cannot do due to your busy schedules. Moreover, there are a lot of benefits of yoga for weight loss already proven scientifically.
- May Be Beneficial for Women with Menstrual Disorder
For women who have menstrual disorders are also recommended to do sarvangasana regularly because it is great in blood circulation. Some studies have proven that this pose is beneficial to treat some menstrual conditions in women.
- Treats Sexual Disorders
Not only for women, sarvangasana is also great to treat some sexual disorders in men. Sexual dysfunction may occur when blood cannot flow optimally to male’s vital organ but by doing sarvangsana regularly, you don’t need to worry about that anymore.
- Improves Vision, Hearing Ability and the Nose’s Ability to Smell
Sarvangasana is a pose that beneficial for your entire body. You must be surprised that doing this pose regularly is not only improving your health internally but also able to improve your vision, hearing and even your smelling ability.
How to Practice Sarvangasana
Once you have known all the health benefits of sarvangasana surely you will wonder how to do the sarvangasana by yourself and below is the easy instruction you could follow:
- The first thing you should do is lying on your back.
- While inhaling you could raise your legs and then bent them until your buttocks and your upper body leave the floor.
- Use your hands to support your back.
- Once you feel okay, extend your legs and then keep them straight in the knees with your toes pointing to the sky until your body weight rests on the shoulders, neck and upper arms.
- If you do the pose correctly your chin will automatically rest comfortably against your chest.
Cautions of Sarvangasana
Those are the five steps you could easily do yourself but there are some awareness you should know as well before you start doing it yourself:
- If it is your first time doing sarvangasana is better for you do it with a professional in your side.
- You should remember that when doing sarvangasana, raise the head is forbidden because it could injure your neck badly.
- When you bring your legs over your head without bending it may cause tension.
The best way to do sarvangasana for the first time is accompanied by a professional until he or she said you could do it yourself at home. For the optimal result and the best benefits of sarvangasana is recommended to do it in daily basis.