HEALTH BENEFITS OF KANDHARASANA (Shoulder stand pose)
The Shoulder Pose is known as ‘Kandharasana’ in Sanskrit. The two base words for the origin of this name are “Kandha” (meaning shoulder) and “Asana” (meaning posture). ‘Kandharasana’ is pronounced Kuhn-DHA-rAh-suh-nuh. This posture appears in the backward-bend series, and is highly favourable for enhancing inhalation and expanding your chest. It opens up your heart and your breathing passage, thus enabling you to breathe easy. Traditionally, physiotherapists and doctors alike suggest measures which vary around Yogic poses. While the doctors may recommend a list of medicines, they would still focus on some stretches and yoga asanas which helps the body heal from within. The medicines would help you recover faster, but the yoga poses are actually what guarantees your well-being. Kandharasana is also one among those holistic poses.
Steps to perform Kandharasana (SHOULDER POSE):
- Lie on your back and bend your knees with your feet on the ground.
- Now hold both the ankles with the corresponding hands.
- Pull your ankles back till the feet touch your buttocks.
- When you are ready, inhale and raise your hip upwards until you form an inverted curve with your back.
- Arch your back upwards. The feet and shoulders must remain on the ground.
- Stretch your spine completely.
- Make sure your entire body weight is supported by the feet, the shoulders, the arms, the neck, and the head.
- Hold the pose for about 10 to 20 seconds and get back to the starting pose while exhaling slowly.
- Repeat the process about 3-4 times for overall impact.
- You can perform a forward bending asana as a counter-pose after performing Kandharasana.
Benefits of Kandharasana (SHOULDER POSE):
- It can alleviate back problems
- It can correct vertebral disc problems
- It provides strength to the shoulders
- It relaxes your spine
- It is effective in reducing stomach aches
- It is highly recommended for those with pains in the lower-back and waist
- The stretching involved improves the digestive system
- It promotes the better functioning of the thyroid gland
- It boosts metabolism
- It powers up your lungs, thus improving breath intake
- It tones your hips, thighs, and legs
- It helps to center your solar plexus
- It is highly recommended for women with problems in the reproductive system (uterus, menstrual problems)
- It is known to help reduce the chances of miscarriage when performed in moderation during pregnancy among women
- People suffering from prolapse, asthma, and bronchial conditions must practice this asana
- It increases virility in men, thus positively impacting the sexual performance
Contraindications Kandharasana (SHOULDER POSE):
- People who suffer from slip disc, knee, or shoulder injuries must avoid this asana
- People with duodenal ulcers or abdominal hernia must not practice this asana
- Pregnant women must take expert supervision while performing this asana