I have a current love affair with inversions, but it wasn’t always this way. I started my inversion practice with the grace of a professional WWF wrestler. No, seriously, I used to make Hulk Hogan faces as I attempted to muscle my way into handstand. I used to over exert, and try to desperately fling myself into the poses. After practicing with some awesome instructors, I learned that the foundation of an inversion practice involves clarifying the physical mechanics of flight. It also involves core stabilization, a dose of courage, and a sense of humor.
One of my teachers always says, “We have to shake up our snow globe.” Meaning, that it can be a wonderfully enriching experience to try something new. Inversions literally flip your world upside down! They can be remarkably empowering, and can help clarify other elements of your practice.
You can even glean some pretty sweet health benefits from chilling upside down for an extended period of time.
- Improve circulation
- Energizing or calming effects (depending upon the pose)
- Improve digestion
- Strengthen upper body
- Improve balance and coordination
- Benefits respiration
Inversions can provide many benefits both physically and energetically. They can even be great stress busters! However, there are valid reasons to avoid inverting.
Contraindications to inverting:
- Eye problems (including glaucoma)
- History of stroke
- Extremely high or low blood pressure
- Serious osteoporosis
- Pregnancy (if you do not have a strong or established inversion practice)
Inversions are a great asset to the yoga practice. If you have a strong and regular yoga practice, join me for an inversions workshop on Sunday, September 15th from 1:30-3:30 p.m! We will break down the mechanics of handstand, pincha mayurasana (forearm stand), and likely traditional sirsasana (headstand). We will even play with variations of the poses. Join me, and flip your perspective!