Shoulder stand pose is often included as a finishing pose in Ashtanga yoga. Often referred to as the “queen” of asanas, it can promote healthy, refreshing blood flow to the brain and heart after completing other poses that require the head, neck and heart to remain upright.
This pose is very similar to supported shoulder stand pose where the hands and arms (and sometimes additional props) are used to support the torso. However, in shoulder stand pose, the arms are kept pressed against the floor, palms down. It is considered an intermediate to advanced pose and should be practiced by beginners with the assistance of a yoga teacher.
Shoulder stand pose is believed by some to improve digestion and offer relief from fatigue or respiratory/sinus issues. Individuals who have neck problems, headaches or high blood pressure should avoid this pose.