Supported Shoulder Stand – How to do it? Posted on March 19, 2018

By Rameshon


Picture 1 – Continued Practice of Shoulder Stand

Continued practice of this asana helps relieve common colds and other nasal disturbances. Those suffering from irritation, shortness of temper, nervous breakdown and insomnia will find relieve in this exercise. The inverse pose of the body also affects the abdominal organs so that the bowels move freely. The asana is recommended for urinary disorders and uterine displacement and hernia. It also aids a person in improving vitality. When a person do not do much Yoga poses, the body benefits less. As such, more stress and time should be given to Shoulder Stand as the pose is considered to be the Queen of Yoga.

Before doing:

It is best to learn this exercise from a person who is experienced and is a teacher of Yoga. It would be advisable to see a physician if there one has a problem and one who has reached 40 years and above.

People suffering from high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, slipped discs should not practice shoulder stand. Those suffering from neck injuries should seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice shoulder stand. It is advisable for women during menstruation to avoid inversions.

The Time To Do:

When done in the morning, it eases fatigue caused by too much or little sleep. One hour before, it is good to consume a light breakfast first. One can do this pose with the stomach empty. When done in the evening, it helps promote deep and restful sleep. Food should at least be consumed at least two hours before.


Place a long towel on the floor or use a cushion, namely, a yoga mat.
Lie down in Savasana (Corpse Pose).
Bring the heel to the buttocks by bending the knees. Bring the body up and support the body by using the shoulders, back of the neck and back of the head, Stay in half Shoulder Stand (adjust the elbows to be parallel to each other and bring the elbow inwards.) At this juncture, raise the leg up. For the beginner, this pose will not be straight and the hips will be bent slightly. It is alright if this happens. For experienced people, the legs will be straight. Knees should be touching together. Left heel should ideally touch the right heel. The right big toe should touch the left big toe.

Edited by Tan Mariviv