Sarvangasana - Shoulder Stand Yoga Pose

15 October 2023 by
Editorial team

Sarvangasana, often referred to as the “Candle Pose,” derives its name from Sanskrit: sarvanga means “all the body.” This powerful inversion offers numerous benefits by activating essential glands and improving overall function. Here’s how to practice it:

Position and Readiness:

  1. Lie down on your back on the floor.
  2. Keep your palms facing downward and close to your body.
  3. Bring your heels and toes together, allowing them to relax.
  4. Straighten your entire body and gaze toward the ceiling. Breathe normally.


  1. Exhale and inhale deeply while raising both your legs and spine until they form a 90-degree angle with the floor. This position resembles Uttanpadasana (Raised Leg Pose).
  2. While exhaling, lift your waist and push your legs backward over your head.
  3. Support your waist with both hands, aligning your legs, waist, and back into a straight line. Stretch your toes toward the ceiling.
  4. Keep your spine and legs straight, focusing your gaze on your toes.
  5. Once your body reaches its maximum height, breathe slowly and deeply, engaging your abdominal muscles. Concentrate on the thyroid gland.
  6. Place your chin in the Jugular notch, forming a tie known as ‘Jalandhar Bandha.’ Hold this position for ten to fifteen seconds during the first week.
  7. Gradually increase the duration to one minute over the course of a month.
  8. To exit the posture, inhale and, while exhaling, gently lower your legs toward your head. Maintain balance as you remove your hands from supporting your waist, returning to the normal position.
  9. Inhale and place your waist on the ground, keeping your legs straight as in Uttanpadasana.
  10. Exhale and bring your legs back to the normal position without jerking or moving too quickly.


  • Thyroid Stimulation: Sarvangasana optimizes thyroid function, which plays a crucial role in maintaining correct weight and youthful appearance by regulating metabolism.
  • Pituitary Activation: To some extent, it stimulates the pituitary gland, enhancing its function.
  • Sex Gland Regulation: The pose also regulates sex glands.
  • Nervous System Vitalization: It invigorates the nerves and purifies the blood.
  • Improved Circulation: By facilitating blood flow, impurities are efficiently transported to the heart.
  • Neck Muscle Stretch: Sarvangasana provides a healthy stretch to the neck muscles.
  • Conditions Addressed: Beneficial for poor circulation, constipation, indigestion, asthma, and reduced virility.
  • Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids: Helps alleviate these conditions.
  • Postpartum and Menstrual Health: Recommended for women after childbirth and those experiencing painful menstruation or other female disorders.
  • Asthma Management: Sarvangasana has medical value for asthmatics, exercising the entire respiratory system.

Remember to practice with care and enjoy the transformative effects of Sarvangasana! 🕯️🧘‍♀️

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