Yoga ShoulderStand – VIDEO

by Norm on November 1, 2012

in Circulation, Eliminations, Energy, Fatigue, Healing, Knee Pain, Leg Pain, Memory, Pain Reduction, VIDEOS, Yoga

The ShoulderStand is second only to the HeadStand in the number and degree of benefits that you will get.

Here is a partial list of conditions that the ShoulderStand can help you to improve upon.

Inflamed & Swollen Feet, Ankles, Knees,

Weight: Overweight or Underweight

Facial Wrinkles,

Poor Memory,

Varicose Veins,

Enlarged Prostate,

ED (Erectile Dysfunction),



Sagging Abdomen & Stomach,

Weak Immune System,

Congested Lungs, 

Low Energy

You will get almost all of the benefits in the ShoulderStand that you get in all the other Hatha Yoga Poses.

If you do not have time for a full yoga session, you might consider doing just the ShoulderStand. Then follow it with the Fish pose to balance out the extreme stretching in one direction in the ShoulderStand, by stretching in the other direction in the Fish.

For Full Benefit You Need to Stay Longer in the ShoulderStand

As the ShoulderStand gets easier for you, you can begin increasing the length of time that you stay in the ShoulderStand by about 5 seconds more each week. By increasing your time slowly over weeks and months, you will not run the risk of overdoing it. Then also increase the Fish Pose to balance the stretching.

Not Yet Ready to Do the ShoulderStand?

If you find that you are not ready to do the complete ShoulderStand, you can just go to the first part where you are lying on your back and raise just the legs up with the hips remaining on the floor. You will get much of the benefit in this position.

Another option is to just put your legs up a wall while you are lying on your back. In this position you can remain for a much longer time than you might in the ShoulderStand with no ill effects.

See more on how the Legs-Up-the-Wall Position works in Reduce & Heal Your Knee Pain and in the “Comments” section after the article.

This video clip is taken from my Relaxing Hatha Yoga DVD with Norman Popovsky.


Please feel free to ask questions and make comments below, which will require you to sign in with your name and email address in order to prevent spam comments. Your email will not be posted on this blog nor will it ever be sold or otherwise distributed without your permission. I dislike spam as much as you do…Norm


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Rizan March 28, 2013 at 9:04 am

I am 71 and I saw your shoulder stand Yoga exercise. Is it alright for me to do this at my age ?

Norm March 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Rizan,

Whether it is alright for you to do the ShoulderStand depends more upon what kind of shape you are in rather than how old you are.

I have a 91 year old student who easily goes into and out of the ShoulderStand. She has been doing yoga for many years.

Also, I have had students as young as 50, 35, and even 18 who were not ready for the ShoulderStand. They were not strong enough or flexible enough, or were overweight, and could not do it without strain.

If you are not sure, the best approach is to practice yoga postures regularly that you can do more easily. This will prepare you to eventually do the ShoulderStand without strain or risk.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions,

catrina cabello January 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

can you post pictures on how to do the poses, i can not see video, directions to do poses, very interested in shoulder, arms, hands. I am a massage therapist and do repetitive movements.

Norm January 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

Hi Catrina,
Can you give me a bit more information? For instance, why can’t you see the video, but can see pictures?
Is there some place nearby where you can go to see the video? I have other video clips that will help to reverse the negative effects of doing massages.
Here is information and a drawing to help you heal and reverse shoulder pain.
Self-Heal Shoulder Pain with Yoga.

Feel free to let me know how I may help you,

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