Peak Pose: Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand)

September 19, 2014    BY Karina Mirsky

Ready to flip your perspective with a powerful inversion commonly referred to as the “queen” of all yoga poses? Move dynamically through various postures in this intermediate-to-advanced yoga sequence to create core stability and prepare the upper and lower body for a comfortable salamba sarvagasana (shoulderstand) practice. Explore the benefits of shoulderstand, how to safely apply props, and which counterposes are best and why, as well as contraindications and the subtle dynamics of this posture. Conclude the sequence with a guided relaxation and meditation. 

Props: blankets, strap, 2 yoga mats; (optional) chair.

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Karina Mirsky
Karina Mirsky is a certified ParaYoga teacher and the director of Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI. She holds a master’s degree in East/West Psychology and is an adjunct professor of Yoga Studies at Antioch University Midwest. Karina draws on her experience as a performance artist, massage therapist, and cancer survivor to convey yoga as a therapeutic science and catalyst for personal transformation. In the March 2008 issue of Yoga Journal, she was featured as one of 21 teachers under the age of... Read more>>

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