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Was Doing Sarvagasana, Now feel "weird" all the time

mahasiddha2010-07-04 11:51:33 +0000 #1
Hi. I started doing Sarvagasana, the shoulder stand, over a week ago. I did it twice a day for a minute, and afterwards I would do the cobra pose.

I stopped doing it after a week (which was on Monday) because I started feeling weird. I started feeling dizzy, lightheaded, out-of-it. I haven't done it since Monday night, yet I still feel weird like this and its very bothersome.

Does anyone know what could be going on? I was doing the shoulder stand for the thyroid benefits.
justwannabe2010-07-04 12:01:39 +0000 #2
Say hypothetically you have slumped shoulders, doing a pose that slumps them more? if you have slumped shoulders doing an opener in the area for twice or three times as long may benefit after doing this pose, or maybe right now this pose is not beneficial for you.

only you can completely answer this, maybe have guidance yes, but only you know the answer.

we are what we think we are

brother neil
Pandara2010-07-04 12:24:00 +0000 #3
namaste Mahasiddah,

I am sure there would be someone who would know what is going on, on this Forum, however in order get an answer that will benefit you, we need to know more. For example, how old are you, do you have any medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholestrol etc that might affect you, more about your lifestyle, are you over weight or under weight perhaps? Then aspects such as are you a beginner, how long have you been doing yoga now, are you with a teacher or is it home practice? These are questions that begs an answer for a proper response. And if you can add more, please feel free to do so.

Looking forward to hear from you.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 12:52:33 +0000 #4
I've answered Steve's question, to the best of my ability, on another board. But I think it's important enough to post that text here. And occasionally someone gets a bug up their bhujangasana about links.

Here's that reply:


There are two things to cover here.

The first is a description of how you are doing sarvangasana (shoulder stand). That includes the setup, entry, actions and alignment in the pose, and exit. I don't want to presume but I do want to state that this pose should not be done flat on the floor. In order to preserve the cervical curve a few neatly folded blankets or foamy pads wrapped in a sticky mat is appropriate. Additionally, beginners do not do the pose in the center of the room but with the feet on the wall and the knees at 90º - until such a time as their bodies are ready to do the pose with integrity in the middle of the room.

The second item is your "sequence" though it's only two poses. While it is ok to do Bhujangasana (cobra) after savangasana please keep in mind that sarvangasana is a yin pose. It is not a fiery pose but a calming pose. Bhujangasana on the other hand is a yang pose. Making this a bit more sketchy is the fact that many students perceive cobra as being a pose mandating that the head be tossed back. And so they do. Physiologically, sarvangasana opens up the neck. Tossing it back in the following pose may be asking too much of the nerves.

The two poses that I believe must be taught to students by a skilled teacher are headstand and shoulder stand. Please consider seeking out such instruction so that you may do the pose on your own at home with safety and integrity.

Relative to your symptoms (I am not a medical doctor, so please see yours if you even slightly have concerns and do not confuse my information for a diagnosis or medical consultation) it is possible the atlas at the top of the cervical spine may need adjustment. That may account for the symptoms but I am taking a shot in the dark. If you fancy chiropractic or have a good osteopath this might be a good time for a visit.
mahasiddha2010-07-04 12:27:15 +0000 #5
I'm 24. I had elevated blood pressure before I starting doing this. The reason why I was doing it was because I have a thyroid issue which causes my body to have elevated blood pressure, and the position is supposed to be good for the thyroid.

I still feel sick. I'm worried I have a hemorrhage or an aneurysm. I may have damaged something now. I am such an idiot and should of known better.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 13:29:57 +0000 #6
If you cannot clear your mind of the worry then you simply must go to whatever health care practitioner will do that for you. It is not likely you have an aneurism nor is it likely you are hemorrhaging. At this point you are likely wreaking more havoc with your mind and thoughts than you did with the pose.

I'm curious why you did not respond to my post though? But perhaps you responded to it elsewhere.



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