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Yoga Foundations: Shoulder Stand

The shoulder stand yoga pose is a restorative pose that delivers oxygen-rich blood to the upper body, elongates the spine, invigorates the abdominal organs, and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, inducing the relaxation response.

This inversion pose may appear difficult, but it’s not impossible. Try the step-by-step pose, or its modifications, to get the benefits of shoulder stand.

How to Do Shoulder Stand

Modifications/Alternatives to Shoulder Stand

If shoulder stand is too challenging at this time, try Bridge pose or Legs Up the Wall.

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