Hatha Yoga Pose for Brain Fitness – Shoulder Stand Asana

Shoulder Stand Yoga Posture for Brain Health

Hatha Yoga Asana for Brain Fitness

This yoga asana (posture) is our first inverted pose and it is about as inverted as you should go according to kundalini yoga.  In hatha yoga, the inversion is taken one step further, in head stand (Sirsh Asana), but kundalini yoga stops at shoulder stand (Sarvanga Asana).  So this pose is another one which has been adopted by these 2 great schools of yoga, and thus, it is a part of both the Free Online Kundalini Yoga Poses as well as the Free Hatha Yoga Poses Photo Galleries

Hatha Yoga Pose

Shoulder stand has a long list of benefits, not the least of which is the additional flow of nutrient rich blood to the brain region, to enhance brain fitness and health.  Needless to say, this pose should be approached with caution and the posture should not be forced in any way.

Below you will find an illustration of shoulder stand.  The variation to this pose is not having the legs vertical, but instead they are leaning more towards the floor (not over your head though).

Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose for Brain Health

Picture of Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose

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Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose Practice Details:

a. Step-by-Step Instructions for Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose:

  • Lie flat on your back.
  • Curl up your legs and lift yourself up onto your shoulders, with your hands supporting your lower torso as shown.
  • Extend your legs up straight into the air and point your toes.
  • Work your self into as much of a vertical position as possible, keeping the torso and legs aligned.
  • In the final position, have your chin pressed into your chest as you reach up with your body and legs.
  • Begin long deep breathing, to help oxygenate and enrich the blood.
  • Once in position, close your eyes and let the asana do it’s magic.

b. Duration for Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose:

  • 15 Seconds – 5 minutes.
  • Start slowly and build up your time steadily from there.

c. Benefits of Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose:

  • Excellent yoga pose for nourishing the brain with oxygen rich blood to help it remain healthy and fresh.
  • The asana also reverses the affect which gravity has on the organs and helps the inner systems realign themselves.
  • Helps drain and remove stagnant blood from the extremities.
  • The pressure in the neck region massages all the nerves and subtle channels, again promoting improved brain fitness by ensuring better flow to this important region.  In addition the thyroid and parathyroid glands are massaged and toned, improving the functioning of the endocrine system.
  • Helps counteract varicose veins.
  • Pacifies the mind and induces peacefulness.
  • Helps boost the immune system, as well as overall health and wellbeing.

d. Practice Tips for Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose:

  • Careful with your neck.  Very important to not over strain this delicate region.  So only straighten as much as you are comfortable doing.  Don’t fall over.
  • If you can’t get all the way vertical, that is fine.  Just straighten as far as you can and slowly improve the posture over time.
  • Strong abdominal muscles will help you master this pose.
  • Don’t do this asana excessively.  One time per day is more than enough and I don’t recommend it for more than 5 minutes max.

Online Kundalini Yoga Kriyas Using Shoulder Stand Pose:

(Coming Soon).

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  1. prashant.s.sharma
    prashant.s.sharma says:

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    thank you very much..and Godbless you and your family !!!!!!!!

  2. prashant sharma
    prashant sharma says:

    jai gurudev anmol mehta sir

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  3. karen
    karen says:

    I tried this . . . I have issues with my neck and shoulders as it is; (soreness and pain) and doing this stance seemed to just aggravate it further. Sorry, but I tried!

  4. Iain
    Iain says:

    Is this pose any good for alleviating migraine headaches. I read that increasing blood flow to the brain can help sufferers

  5. Christos The supplement Guy
    Christos The supplement Guy says:

    Yoga is one of the best exercises for brain and body health. My wife was attending to yoga class twice a week while she was pregnant , and after pregnancy she lost the extra weight in tho months. Is is absolutely great.

  6. Tom the Weight Triaining Equipment Guy
    Tom the Weight Triaining Equipment Guy says:

    I didn’t know that yoga has such huge benefits for my health. Now I’ll do some yoga every morning along with my exercises. Besides that I really loved your post as it was truly very informative and easy to understand…even for a yoga beginner like myself. Thanks.

  7. Mr. Natural
    Mr. Natural says:

    About this Hatha Yoga Shoulder Stand Pose…
    You see, my gf does yoga, and she loves this pose.
    She usually goes into meditation during this pose, FOR ABOUT 10 MIN!
    After reading your blog, about how it should not be done above 5 min, it got me worried :(
    I’ve showed her your post, but she says it relaxes her, so that’s why she goes on above 5 min.
    Im confuse… So does it mean if your totally comfortable with it, you can go on for more without expecting side effects in the future?

  8. Collin
    Collin says:

    I am really surprised to see yoga has benefits to improve brain’s fitness. A right amount of yoga and a proper diet can shield as person from obesity, mental illness and many other diseases.

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  9. Laura White
    Laura White says:

    Just a quick note to say thank you for this pose creation. I have been working this pose with my husband, and we both are enjoying great moments of peace of mind. Keep up this good work!

  10. Dennis Blair Fort Collins Personal Trainer
    Dennis Blair Fort Collins Personal Trainer says:

    My yoga instructor has been working this pose with me for about a month now. I am up to 3 minutes of holding the pose. I was a little apprehensive at first because of neck issues, but I haven’t had any problems and the benefits have been surprising.


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