Sarvangasana - Shoulder Stand - Yoga PostureSarvangasana – Shoulder Stand by Sue Fuller

This posture is great for digestion, calming the mind and focus.  It also stimulates the thyroid gland helping to balance its activity.

Lie on your back and roll your knees in towards your forehead.  Allow the hips to leave the floor and then bend your elbows placing your hands to your lower back for support.  Make sure that your chin is lifted a little so that the back of the neck is not on the floor.  Now slowly extend your legs straight up above your pelvis.

Stay here for twenty complete breaths through the nose.

It is not advisable to perform this posture if you are menstruating, if you suffer from glaucoma, high blood pressure, if you are pregnant or if you suffer from headaches.

If this posture is not for you try resting with your legs extended up a wall or laying with your knees bent and your feet on a chair.

Sue Fuller is a leading yoga teacher and writer.  She has written three training courses for The British School of Yoga and is a regular columnist for Natural Health and the Yoga Magazine.  Sue is also the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  Yoga 2 Hear has an extensive range of over 60 different yoga classes for all levels and requirements.  Audio Yoga classes allow you to practice yoga at a time and place that suits you without any visual distractions.