Sarvangasana yoga is traditionally considered as the queen of postures. It is an investment asana in which the feet are above the head. Thanks to that stimulate the thyroid and our hormonal system as well as our circulatory system, favoring the circulation of blood to the upper part of our body.
The posture of the candle can be part of our Yoga practice within a larger sequence of postures such as Halasana or the plow posture or the position of the inverted legs (supporting them or not on a wall). We explain how to do the posture of the Sarvangasana yoga and what its benefits are. COntinue reading: The best Yoga postures for men
How to perform Sarvangasana yoga
We start from the supine position (lying on your back), with your legs together and stretched and your arms stretched on both sides of the body, with the palms of your hands in contact with the ground.
From that position, we press the ground with the palms of our hands and raise our legs until the hip forms a 90-degree angle. Once here, we breathe deeply and bend our legs straight to the chest. As we let go of the air, we slowly lift our buttocks and the back of the floor while our hands continue to press.
Once we have raised our backs to the area of the shoulder blades, we flex our elbows and help our hands to maintain the posture, placing them as support in the lower back. We do not drop the weight on them: the weight remains on the scapular waist (never on the neck), and the hands act as help.
We try to keep the legs aligned with the back and from the tip of the feet to the ceiling to perform an axial elongation and activate the deep muscles of our core or central area, responsible for helping us maintain balance. Both the muscles of the lower body (legs and buttocks) and the arms are active throughout the exercise.
To return to the initial position, we slowly lower our legs towards our head (this is where we could easily move to the plow position if we want) and little by little we roll down our backs and gently support them on the ground.
The benefits of Sarvangasana yoga
There are many benefits offered by the position of the candle or Sarvangasana yoga, because due to the position adopted by our body, we can relax and work many muscles. Above all, we strengthen and tone the area of the back and neck, but also of the legs and arms, so it is a very complete exercise.
As with all asanas, practicing them regularly, we get to improve our flexibility, relaxation and also tone various parts of the body. But, in the following lines, we will detail the main benefits of the posture of the candle in yoga. So, you understand why it is so common to see it in group sessions and you are encouraged to try it:
- We deeply stretch the muscles of the back, shoulders, and neck. So, we strengthen the spine from top to bottom. It also strengthens other muscles such as those of the buttocks and legs.
- It helps us to correct the posture of the back so it is suitable for minor problems in this.
- It relaxes the nervous system while helping to oxygenate the brain and, therefore, improve its tissues and function. Because of this, it also helps mental relaxation and reduces anxiety.
- It improves our balance and concentration since we must be very attentive to the muscles that are used and how to do it correctly.
- Since the position is upside down, it activates the blood supply by stimulating various glands of the body, especially the thyroid gland.
- For the same reason, improves the status of various systems such as circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, digestive and even reproductive.
- It serves to alleviate respiratory problems such as asthma.
- It helps to burn fat and eliminate liquids by stimulating the burning of calories and the functioning of the lymphatic system.
- Prevents and helps treat problems such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, constipation, hormonal imbalances, colds and improves memory.
We can find several of these benefits in other asanas. The fact of stretching, toning, balancing several muscles and relaxing both physically and mentally.
The Sarvangasana yoga helps us to work the muscles of the abdomen. It is responsible for carrying out the up and down movement: it helps us to carry out this movement with control and safety and also makes us work our proprioception and balance.