Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose
Definition - What does Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose mean?
Lotus in shoulder stand pose is a challenging variation of supported shoulder stand pose. Once shoulder stand is entered, the legs are brought into lotus pose while the hands support the lower back. This posture should only be attempted once the yogi can confidently and safely perform both shoulder stand and lotus pose.
Lotus in shoulder stand pose is a powerful posture because it combines the physical benefits of shoulder stand and lotus pose, while providing a challenge for the core muscles.
The Sanskrit name for lotus in shoulder stand pose is padma sarvangasana.
Yogapedia explains Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose
Lotus in shoulder stand pose is considered beneficial for the body because it:
- Stimulates the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism.
- Stretches the muscles of the shoulder, neck, legs and hips.
- Improves flexibility in the spine.
- Relieves menopausal symptoms.
- Increases circulation.
It is also thought to be helpful for those suffering from asthma, infertility, headaches and migraines. This pose should be avoided, however, by those with high blood pressure, hyperactive thyroid or who are pregnant.
Lotus in shoulder stand pose can be varied and made more challenging by twisting the body to the left and resting the left buttock on the left hand, then repeating on the other side.