Of all the asanas, the shoulder stand Sarvangasana is my favourite...I do it as part of my practice every day...I wonder if I like it so much because my body needs it. It is considered to be one of the most beneficial of all asanas...
"It develops feminine qualities of patience and emotional stability...it strives for
peace and bodily health. It affects the entire body...inverted positions use gravity to pull
the blood flow...the areas that most benefit from the increased circulation are
the heart, chest area and throat.
It is soothing to the nervous system, this is a good pose to practice when one is
feeling stressed, irritated or fatigued. It is also a superior aid to digestion and
elimination, urinary and menstrual problems.
Mentally, sarvangasana /shoulder stand brings to the practitioner peace, strength,
vigour and longevity."
In the rush of today to find moments to get on my mat are becoming more important to me...you never stop learning during your practice and it slowly changes the way we live our life...everyday I am so grateful to have found the grace and wisdom of yoga...it makes me a better person.
For all yogis whether you are new to the discipline or have been practicing for years...I recommend
Christy Turlington's book Living Yoga...Creating a Life Practice I first read it many years ago, but it's still one I dip into now and then for her beauty and wisdom.