Salamba Sarvangasana

Salamba: supported Sarvanga: All limbs/whole body (shoulder)
(sah-LUM-bah SAR-vung-AH-sun-ah)

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RELATED ASANAS

Sirsasana - Viparita Karana - Halasana

ENERGETIC ALIGNMENT

Salamba Sarvangasana
Key Actions: Uddiyana Bandha - Inner thighs activated - Hips lift - Spine lengthened toward sky - Padma Pada

Apana: Anchor shoulders into the ground

Samana: Activate inner thighs and draw into the core with the activation of Uddiyana Bandha to create stability in the inversion

Prana: Lengthen legs toward the sky

Vyana: Press through the balls of the feet; breathe through the back of the diaphragm

Udana: Lengthen through the spine, lengthen pubic bone toward your feet

COMMON MISALIGNMENTS

-Externally rotating the legs
-No activation of the core to lengthen the spine
-Shoulders hunched by ears, neck shortened

ASANA NOTES AND BENEFITS

-Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
-Stimulates the thyroid and prostate glands and abdominal organs
-Stretches the shoulders and neck
-Tones the legs and buttocks
-Improves digestion
-Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
-Reduces fatigue and alleviates insomnia
-Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, and sinusitis

FOUNDATION ANATOMY

HA/Solar - Contract –Gluteus Maximus, Erector Spinae, Quadratus Lumborum, Biceps, Brachialis, Posterior Deltoids, Teres Major, Teres Minor, Infraspinatus, Iliopsoas, Abdominals, Quadriceps, Tensor Fascia Lata, Adductors, Peroneus Brevis and Longus, Tibialis Posterior
THA/Lunar - Lengthen – Pectorals Major and Minor, Anterior Deltoids, Coracobrachialis, Subscapularius muscles, Trapezius

THREE PART VINYASA