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marian Turner

I had a heart attack in April due to blocked LAD blood vessel with Cholestral. Does anyone know if it is wise to practice inversions now that I have a stent in my blood vessel to keep it open???

Steffie Gómez

Thank you, very interesting. I am searching for information regarding a very intense headache I get when I come out of the position. I usually have to allow several minutes before I can completly pull upright my head. Don't have a clue what it might be, but it is a really strong pain...
Any ideas??


Thank you so much. I have been pondering how to do shoulder stand without injuring my neck which gives me headaches. I will try the method you so detail so very well.

N K Srinivasan

Thanks a lot for the detailed article on Salamba Sarvanga asana. For many persons, props are not required...doing this pose comes easy.
As you have rightly said, one should practice Viparita Karani carefully for at least one month before attempting shoulder stand...this is my advice.

Barbara Sedgwick

I got lost in the description. Some photos would have helped.


Thanks for reminding us of shoulder stand . Unfortuntally it is one of the lest asana's praticed in the our local studio because of injury. People either falling out or not doing the pose corectly and causing vertabrate damage . Sometimes my mind is so connected to the dictum of the teacher that i become disconnected from being grounded in myself
and try to do things that my body can't do.


Yes, thank you. This is my 4th article on shoulderstand from YJ and I just wasn't satisfied until reading Barbara's teaching. This will be the primary teaching I'll work with as I journey into the depths of this magnificent asana.


Thank you! This is the best, most thorough, yet easy to understand article regarding shoulderstand I've found.

alicia Tietje

this is a great article, full of excellent detail for self assessment as one proceeds with the shoulder stand. I do wish, however that there were photos or sketches that could illuminate various aspects of the correct anatomical positions and adjustments as barbara moves thru the phases of the asana....words don't always convey the desired results that her expert tweeking is focused on bringing about. thanks again for a great article!


hi, a very good explanation to do the Shoulderstand which I have to muster myself doing on my own without help from the wall. I am still using a wall to place my feet on, why you ask? Plain fear that's all.

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