Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

Sarvangasana – Shoulder Standing Posture

(sarva- all, whole, entire,  anga – limb or part of body)



  • Lie flat on the back with feet together, arms by the sides and palms flat on the ground.
  • Using the arms as levers raise the legs and back to a vertical position.
  • Bend the elbows and use the arms as props to steady the back by pressing it with the palms.
  • The trunk and legs should extend straight up, forming a right angle with the neck, the chest pressing against the chin.
  • Soften the throat and tongue. Firm the shoulder blades against the back, and move the sternum toward the chin.
  • Your forehead should be relatively parallel to the floor, your chin perpendicular. Gaze softly at your toes or tip of your nose.
  • Stay for 10 to 30 seconds, with normal breathing.
  • Exhale, drop legs down, spine down with support of arms, and relax at Savasana for 10 to 30 seconds.


  •  Stimulates the thyroid gland and thereby improves the balance of the circulatory, digestive, reproductive, nervous and glandular systems.
  • It corrects improper body growth and clears psycho­logical disturbances by bringing a rich supply of blood to the brain.
  • It relieves asthma and bronchitis.
  • It releases the normal gravitational pressure from the anal muscles, relieving hemorrhoids (piles).
  • It tones the legs, abdomen, the female reproductive organs, spine and neck.
  • It inhibits hydrocele and eliminates waistline fat.
  • Leucorrhea and diabetes can be controlled.
  • Mastery of this asana gives conscious control over body temperature.



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