How To Do the Shoulder Stand Pose
Watch more How to Do Yoga Poses videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/319-How-to-Do-Yoga-Poses Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to do the should stand pose correctly with these easy instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Tip Warm up your neck and shoulders by doing other yoga poses first, like the Cat Cow, the Cobra, and the Bridge poses. Step 1: Lie on back & bring knees to chest Lie down on your back and bring your knees to your chest, leaving your hands on the floor beside your hips with your elbows tucked close at your sides. Tip For extra neck protection, place a folded blanket or two on your mat. Lie down with your shoulders on this elevated platform so your head rests on the floor two to four inches lower than your shoulders. Step 2: Press hands down Press your hands into the ground to help you lift your hips up off the floor with your knees still bent at your chest. Step 3: Move hands to lower back Move your hands to your lower back near your hips so your bent elbows are as close together as possible and your upper arms are on the mat. Step 4: Walk hands down back Walk your hands down your back slowly so your torso rises higher and more upright until you are resting on your shoulders. The base of your neck should be lifted and the back of your head resting on the ground, so there is no stress on the neck. Step 5: Align knees Lift your knees up so they're aligned over your hips, with your feet hanging down toward your butt. Step 6: Straighten knees Straighten your knees, creating a straight line from your heels down through your shoulders. Tip To make the pose more energizing, lower one leg parallel to the floor at a time. Step 7: Hold pose Hold the pose, breathing smoothly and evenly for several breaths. Step 8: Release pose Release the pose by placing your hands flat on the floor behind your back, and roll your spine down slowly, one vertebrae at a time. Congratulations, to all your parts. Did You Know? The Shoulder Stand Pose reportedly aids the thyroid, which regulates the metabolism of all the body's cells.