Updated: Mar 24, 2020
Continuing on the theme of navigating these difficult times, this shoulder stand series is aimed at calming and restoring the nervous system and getting the heart higher than the head, physically and symbolically. Shoulder stand is thought to increase blood circulation, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and improve the immune system. It also stimulates the thyroid gland and the fifth chakra (Vishuddha chakra) which is associated with expression, creativity and communication. Shoulder stand can help us find balance in this chakra which is known for transforming negative feelings and challenges into growth and learning.
This sequence features shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana) propped with blankets, plow pose (Halasana), deaf man's pose (karnapidasana) and fish pose (Matsyasana).
Note: If it is difficult to get into plow pose and/or shoulder stand you can do this pose at a wall. Place the blankets about a foot away from the wall or about the length of your shins (i.e., if you are taller you may need to move the blankets further away from the wall). Then lay on the blankets as instructed in the video with your feet facing the wall. Walk your feet up the wall and lift you hips up so the knees come to a 90 degree angle and the feet are pressing into the wall with the knees over the hips over the shoulders.