The moments building up to an inversion in your practice can stir up many different emotions for yogis of all levels, from fear to excitement, anxiety to peace. And every single emotion surfaced is perfectly normal because balancing on our heads is the complete opposite to how we live our day-to-day lives with feet firmly planted on the ground.
Regardless of how you feel about inversions there’s no denying that being able to safely turn yourselves upside-down has some amazing benefits — especially if incorporated into your regular yoga practice.
We often think that an inversion is something not for the faint-hearted and something extremely challenging such as the headstand, the forearm balance or even the handstand. But actually, an inversion is any pose that has the heart above the head so even the most familiar yoga pose, the Downward Facing Dog or as mild as Legs-up-the-wall are all considered upside-down poses. Hence, yoga is for every body.
Here are my 5 favourite reasons to incorporate inversions into your yoga practice, every day:
- Inversions keep your mind clear and instantly bring you waves of calmness. They are exceptionally therapeutic if you have your eyes closed.
- Getting into (and staying in!) your very first headstand, or any other advanced inversions is a feeling most yogis will never forget! Inversions bring up a lot of fear in people, so overcoming this big hurdle through a dedicated practice has the ability to build a solid confidence within yourself, both on and off the mat.
- Inversions allow your blood to flow the opposite direction, for a change. It takes a lot more effort for the heart to pump blood up to the head when we are right-side up due to the natural pull of gravity. So by going upside down the heart uses less effort to flow blood upwards (or down in this case) to the head.
- All that blood flows to the head has another benefit too `– an instant face lift! You’ll come out of an inversion with a lovely glow in your cheeks, no blush required.
- This is my personal favourite: For me, going upside down, in particular the headstand is something I turn to during the times I feel the most stressed. As soon as I am upside-down, the things that I once took for granted — like knowing up from down or left from right — become a lot more challenging and disorienting. So whenever I go into twists and turns in inversions, I can’t help but laugh! Afterwards when my feet are back on the ground, I realize that life is not as ridiculous as it was, and the problems I had before often would fade away.
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Hey everyone, Greta here. During my training in Yoga Therapy, I became deeply inspired by yoga that it gave me the courage to leap from my other world of advertising art director into the world of full time yoga teaching.
I am a Registered-500hr Yoga Teacher, an Experienced Registered-200hr Yoga Teacher, a certified yoga therapist, an AntiGravity Level 1 teacher and a Reiki Level 2 healer. My classes are no-nonsense, challenging, fun and empowering and there are always variations suitable for everybody. I am also one of the FOXSports Fit Ambassadors for Fox Sports Channel in Southeast Asia.
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