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Really, the benefits here are of the shoulderstand, the lotus position being held is mainly beneficial in meditation, and is also excellent for leg flexibility. But it is the observation on the shoulderstand here that is important. Shoulderstand works on the thyroid because most of the body’s weight is placed squarely on the neck and shoulders.

This is great for circulation. All the old blood trapped in the legs and ankles etc is drained down to the heart for purification, as is the blood in the digestive, reproductive, and all the lower systems. Fresh blood from the heart is poured into the mind and senses in return, and when the body is turned round, fresh blood is emptied into the lower body.

The heart gets a rest here as well, as it doesn’t have to pump blood back up from ¾ of the body, which is below it.