To safely and comfortably practice shoulder stand we need to open and prepare the chest and shoulders. Here is a sequence to give you lift off in your shoulderstand.
Props: block, strap & blanket (improvise using books, belts etc.)
This sequence will open and stretch your upper chest and armpits, encourage external rotation in your upper arms & create freedom of movement in your shoulders. As you practice you will begin to feel your chest expanding and your breath flow increasing. This will allow you to lift off into shoulderstand with a buoyancy and ease, leaving you free to enjoy being upside down.
As you practice don’t forget to keep your breath moving steadily through your nose. Let your breathing guide your practice and rest as often as you need to. Remember yoga is not about the destination but all about the journey.