Spotlight On Practice – Salamba Sarvangasana

Inversions are an important aspect of asana practice. One of the most well known inversions is Salamba Sarvangasana or Supported Shoulderstand. BKS Iyengar calls “Sarvangasana is the mother of all asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home so this asana strives for the harmony and happiness of the human system (Light on Yoga p. 212).”

In order for you to enjoy your Salamba Sarvangasana the proper set up is necessary. Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, John Schumacher demonstrates how to set up and do the pose safely

Essential Set Up – 3 blankets, mat, block

Need more lift under shoulders – add an extra blanket

For more comfort in the back of head – set up your three blankets on top a half open blanket

Learn More About Salamba Sarvangasana

Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar pg. 205 to 213

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Yoga. New York: Schoken Books 1979.

Yoga a Gem for Women by Geeta Iyengar pg. 197 – 201

Iyengar, Geeta. Yoga a Gem for Women. Canada: Timeless Books 1990.

Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira, and Shyam Mehta pg. 108 -109

Mehta, Silva et al. Yoga the Iyengar Way: The New Definitive Illustrated Guide. New York: Knopf 1990.