Salamba Sarvangasana ~ Supported Shoulder Stand ~ October Pose of the Month


Thank you Mr. Iyengar for teaching us how to experience a shoulderstand in a safe and effective way where our alignment is not compromised.

Supported Shoulderstand ~ Salamba Sarvangasana

  • Fold 2 or more blankets so that the rounded edge is towards the back of your mat stacking them one on top of another
  • Lie on your mat so that your shoulders lie about 2 inches from the edge of the blankets
  • Lay your arms along side of your torso
  • Bend your knees and place your feet close to your bottom
  • Press arms into floor as you press your feet into floor and draw thighs into your chest
  • Continue to lift your legs bringing them over your head
  • At this point your shoulders are right at the edge of the blankets
  • Bring you hands to your lower back gently drawing the elbows towards each other
  • Shoulders roll inward as your fingers point upward
  • The neck is protected and is sustaining its natural curve by the support of the blankets
  • Legs slowly work their way up
  • Variations include legs angled back over head, lotus, scissors, other leg variations
  • Breathe at least 5 deep breaths slowly and steadily

This month Yogasphere teachers will offer you Shoulderstand in a safe and effective way.  Be patient and honor your body.

“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity”

B.K.S. Iyengar


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