Shoulder Stand in Lotus Pose by Akasha
Precautions: Before performing the pose, one should be able to sit in Lotus Pose. Do not attempt to start shoulder stand while sitting in Lotus.
How to perform this pose: Lay on the mat in Corpse Pose (Savasana), bring the legs & feet together, and bring hands to the sides of the body. Using the abdominal muscles lift both legs up together, the butt, and back until the weight of the lower limbs and torso are resting on the shoulders; the chin rests on the sternum of the chest. Use the hands to support the back. Both legs are straight and pointing upward. Once in the pose bring the legs into lotus pose. The pose can be held with knees pointing upward or with knees horizontal to the floor and the hands supporting the back. Another variation is to have the arms straight, hands pressing up and palms flat against the thighs at the knees. Hold the pose for 5 breaths. To break the pose, bring the hands to support the back, bring the legs out of lotus to straight and pointing upward. With the legs together lower them by lowering the torso and the sacrum until it comes down to meet the mat. Rest in Corpse Pose. Repeat 2-3 times.
Options: 1 to 3 blankets may be used under the shoulders and back to offer increased space between chin and chest. This is useful for those who need to grown accustomed to the decreased clavicular breathing space will in the pose.
For those who feel like they cannot breath should break the pose and rest before attempting the pose a second and third time.
Benefits: invigorates the thyroid and parathyroid glands; these glands helps to regulate body temperature, heart rate and metabolism. The mind is relaxed, relieving stress, anxiety and anger. The third eye chakra (Ajna) is stimulated, helping to balance sleep/wake cycles.
The muscles and ligaments in the back of the neck are stretched. The power of the shoulders is experienced. The lock of the throat or (Jalandhara bandha) is activated invigorating the vital airs of (Udana Vata) which govern speech, will, memory, complexion and enthusiasm.
May all beings be at peace and prosper, namaste.