How to Use Props in Shoulder Stand
The basic idea with props in Shoulder Stand is to elevate your shoulders so the angle of bend in your neck is less severe and your shoulders have more freedom. Some people use stiff foam blocks for this purpose, but I prefer blankets.
I love Mexican blankets for yoga. For Sarvangasana, you can use one, two or even four, and I suggest trying out a few options to see how it feels. A couple tips for blanket use:
- Make sure the raised section of blankets is large enough and level enough to accommodate your shoulders and upper arms.
- Keep all the folded blanket edges stacked neatly in the same direction; it’s both more level and more stable.
- Initially, fold each blanket in half length-wise, so you have a long, skinny rectangle, then fold the two fringe edges together to make a shorter rectangle. If you fold it in half once more, folded crease to fringe it should look like the stack in the image.
- For the bottom blanket, fold as above, but unfold just one layer as a cushion for your head; the other fold remains as the base layer of your lift.
I love inversions! They are my favorite asanas. In an inversion class with my instructor she had me used blankets due to the way my neck curves. It makes the biggest difference! I will never do another shoulder stand without a blanket. You have great yoga articles.
Thanks for reading! Yes, I’ve had some neck challenges and the blankets make all the difference. Great if you have tight shoulders, too…
How think should the blankets be? 2 inches? 1 inch etc?
The blankets all stacked on top of each other should be somewhere between 3-6″ tall. The higher they are the more freedom in your neck and the higher you’ll be from the ground. Play around with a few heights and see what works best!
Thank you!! Got myself some foam type mats that can be folded up and stacked which will do the trick, with a block for tue pelvis. It feels weird to me to be too high and the head so low, but definitely prefer the freedom in the neck so will make it part of my shoulderstands from now on 🙂 thanks for the tip xx
Yes, I know several other people who use the foam blocks. And, yes, it does feel weird, especially if you aren’t used to it. But, glad its giving you freedom!
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