Padma Sarvangasana

Definition - What does Padma Sarvangasana mean?

Padma sarvangasana, or lotus shoulderstand pose, is an advanced variation of the inversion sarvangasana, where the legs are brought into padmasana position.

To enter the pose, begin by lying on the back in sarvangasana and supporting the lower back with the hands. Slowly bring the legs into padmasana. Breathing normally, hold the pose for 60 seconds and then switch which leg is on top. To exit the pose, uncross the legs and gently roll the spine down and back onto the mat.

Padma sarvangasana may also be referred to as lotus in shoulder stand pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Padma Sarvangasana

Padma sarvangasana stimulates circulation and the breath. This helps to alleviate fatigue while relaxing the brain. These calming benefits are thought to be helpful for those suffering from insomnia, stress or mild depression.

Padma sarvangasana is associated with the visuddha (throat) chakra. This posture can stimulate and balance this energy center while bringing about better communication and creativity. Focus and awareness may be brought to the throat chakra while practicing this posture to increase these benefits. To ensure that the energy is evenly stimulated it should be practiced on both sides, alternating the leg on top in padmasana.

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