Inversions

Inversions

Definition

A pose is defined as an inversion, when it intends to position the heart above the head (and the feet above the hips for a full inversion)

Tips & Tricks

  • Use props or a wall to practice safely before practicing unsupported – build core muscles that allow controlled movement in and out of the pose.
  • Maintain focused awareness at all times to in advanced inversions to keep the neck and cervical spine safe.

Benefits

  • Activates the cardiovascular system
  • Counters the effects of gravity and massages our internal organs
  • Nourishes the brain, sense organs of the head, thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary gland and pinneal gland

Watch-Outs

  • Contraindication: Injuries in the neck or cervical spine, untreated hypertension, menstruation
  • Careful: Modify your inversions during pregnancy

Examples

Headstand

Sirsasana

Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Shvanasana

Shoulder Stand

Sarvangasana

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