Supported shoulder stand pose promotes circulation to the head and heart and can help relax the mind. It is also believed by some to improve digestion and offer relief from fatigue or respiratory/sinus issues.
This pose is often part of the end poses practiced in Ashtanga yoga. As an inversion, 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.
Using the hands and arms to support the torso, supported shoulder stand pose may sometimes also require props, such as folded yoga blankets, to provide cushion and support to the shoulders and neck while in the pose. It is considered an intermediate to advanced asana and should be practiced by beginners with the assistance of a yoga teacher. Individuals who have neck problems, headaches, diarrhea or high blood pressure should avoid this pose.