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Sarvangasana


(Sarvanga = all parts of the body)
It is one of the much practiced aasana. But patients with high blood pressure must not strive for it, or they should not do it for a long time at once. If they are apparently healthy they can do it.

Method:
1.    First get ready with necessary preparations.
2.    Lie down straight on your back. Keep the feet together; place the hands along the body with the palms touching the ground.
3.    Inhale and raise the legs slowly upwards to 30 degrees, then 60 degrees and finally 90 degrees. Take the help of your hands while lifting the legs. If the legs cannot be kept straight at 90 degrees take them ahead at 120 degrees with the hands supporting the back. The elbows should rest on grounds and the toes joined and straight. Keep the eyes closed or gaze fixed on the toes. Starting with about 2 minutes, the duration can be extended slowly up to half an hour.
4.    Bend the legs slightly backwards before returning to the normal position. Remove both from the back and place them straight on the ground. Now regain the original position slowly in the reverse order, while keeping the palms pressing on the floor. Take rest in Savasana for approximately the same time as used for Sarvangasana. The reverse/ complimentary of this aasana is Matsysana. Therefore, performing Matsyasana before Savasana is more beneficial.



Benefits:
1.    Benefits are similar to that of Biparitakarani.
2.    It activates and rejuvenates the thyroid gland. Therefore, diseases like obesity, weakness, tiredness, and insufficient increase in height, etc. are taken care of. It strengthens the adrenal glands, testicles and ovaries.
3.    Other benefits are similar to those of Sirsasana. But the speciality of this aasana is that those for whom Sirsasana is forbidden, even they can do this aasana. It is beneficial for 2-3 stages of asthma also because the shoulders become stable in this aasana. Respiration of the abdominal area also takes place. The abdominal muscles are exercised and the diaphragm gets toned due to participation in inhaling and exhaling process.
4.    Thyroid gland and pituitary gland are activated resulting in height increase.

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