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.