For those who experience trouble while attempting Sarvangasana, they should try Ardh-Sarvangasana. To do this, follow the initial sequence of Sarvangasana, then keep your hands on your lower back and continue to breathe normally; lift your legs as high as possible and then bring them down but first bend them from the knees. When you are successful with Ardh-Sarvangasana, only then proceed to try Sarvangasana.
Benefits: This asana stimulates every part of the body and makes them flexible, swift, energetic and strong. It helps in avoiding anxiety, fatigue and stress. This asana keeps distant the problems of constipation, head-ache, eye pain, mumps, diseases of the heart and the liver. It assists in purifying the blood. It stimulates the digestive system. It maintains good testicular health, regularizes heart beats, and helps in preventing elephantiasis, asthma, cough, dysmenorrhoea, gonorrhoea, infertility, obesity and vaginal diseases. Sarvangasana stimulates the functioning of the lungs. It helps to avoid impotency, reduced sexual-urge and erectile dysfunction. It activates the thyroid gland and assists the nervous system and the spinal cord in functioning systematically. It also has a positive effect on the vocal cords.
Sarvangasana is the second best asana after Sirsasana. This asana gives rise to the feeling of youthfulness because it stimulates almost every part of the body.
Note: This asana should not be performed for more than five minutes in a single attempt. Try Shavasana for a while before repeating. Do not repeat for more than three times. In the beginning, attempt only once.
This asana is prohibited for children less than 14 years of age. Any man and woman of more than 14 years of age can do the asana.
Some have been able to try various different actions while they are in Sarvangasana. The actions are described below:
- Keeping both the legs in v-shape,
- Moving legs back and forth,
- Turning the head left and right,
- Trying the Padmasana position with legs while they are already raised upwards,
- Moving your legs as if cycling,
- Staying in Sarvangasana position without the support of the hands.
But these actions are not compulsory.