Friday, April 21, 2017

Inversions

I woke up this morning thinking about inversions. I see so many practitioners on Instagram and Facebook doing amazing handstands and headstands, but did you know that an inversion is really any asana that brings your heart above your head?
Beginners can often feel intimidated by inversions, but there are many that are quite simple and easy to integrate into your practice. These include downward facing dog, dolphin, and even the first stage of head stand, with toes remaining on the ground. Supported shoulder stand is a great one as well.
The benefits of inversions are plentiful. In fact, many people believe that inversions are the fountain of youth. The physiological benefits include stimulation of the nervous system, increased blood flow to the brain and body, cleansing of the lymphatic system, and increased energy. The psychological benefits include warding off of depression, as well as increased mental functioning, memory and concentration. I always tell my students that turning yourself upside-down, in the simplest of terms, gives you a whole new perspective on things. It works!

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