Sarvangasana - All-Parts Pose
"Sarva" means 'all' and "Anga" means 'part' in Sanskrit. This pose exercises the entire body, hence the name.
- Lie down on the floor on your back, legs together and arms on the sides.
- Turn the palms down.
- Relax your body and continue normal breathing.
- Press your palms and elbows on the floor and raise your legs up making an angle of 90 degrees with the floor.
- Inhale as you raise your legs.
- Exhale and while exhaling move your legs towards your head and push your hips and lower back so that they are raised above the ground.
- Place your palms on the hips and push your trunk and legs up.
- Move your palms higher up the trunk and keep raising your legs and hips upwards, till the whole trunk is above the ground.
- Bring the legs back to a vertical position.
- Support your body with the palms placed on the ribs and elbows and forearm resting on the ground.
- Sliding the palms higher on the trunk push the hip and back further up so that they are aligned with the legs.
- At this point, only the head, neck and shoulders should be on the floor.
- Push your face down and chest up to form a chin lock.
- Balance your body in this position.
- Fix your gaze on the big toes of your feet.
- Inhale and exhale rhythmically and remain in this posture for as long as you can.
- Slowly return to the starting position in the reverse order.
- Inhale deeply and exhale slowly a few times.
- Continue breathing normally.
- Relax your body by performing Savasana.
- People suffering from high blood pressure or cardiovascular diseases should not perform this yoga pose.
- Menstruating women should never practice Sarvangasana.
- If you feel dizzy while performing the pose, stop and return to starting posture.
- Children below the age of puberty should avoid this pose.
- If you suffer from any vision trouble, this yoga pose is not for you.
- This yoga pose delays aging and prevents appearance of wrinkles.
- This asana boosts the functioning of the vocal cords as well as the throat vessels.
- The spinal column becomes suppler and flexible.
- The posture corrects abnormal curvature of the spine.
- Sarvangasana can benefit people suffering from palpitation, bronchitis, tonsillitis, headache, insomnia and epilepsy.
- Leprosy can be treated with this pose.
- This yoga pose helps you regulate your body weight.
- Sarvangasana keeps many vital organs of the body healthy and stabilizes the metabolic processes.
- You can get a leaner figure as the pose helps reduce flab from around abdomen, waist and hips.
- Pain of the neck and back is also relieved.
- Hernia, piles and urinary diseases can be cured.
- Liver and kidneys function better.
- Sarvangasana exercises the legs.