Avoiding neck strain in shoulder stand - advice sought!

Submitted by editor on Sat, 05/27/2006 - 13:40.

Recently, I've found that staying in shoulder stand - one of my favourite asanas! - for any length of time seems to put strain on my neck. As far as I know, I'm not doing anything wildly incorrect.

Does anyone have any advice as to how to minimise neck strain during shoulder stand? Thanks in advance!



There should not be strain

There should not be strain on the neck in this posture. The weight of the body should be on the shoulders, with the elbows close together, hands low down the back towards the shoulder-blades. Don't try to be completely straight in the posture if it isn't comfotable - how u look is unimportant. How u feel is everything. If u have some tension / stress or injury in the neck, of course the posture will aggravate it. In this case, be sensible - stop practising shoulderstand for a while, sort your neck out, and then you can continue.

Thanks for your advice, Ben.

Thanks for your advice, Ben.

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