Inversions in Yoga, like many other asanas, are said to be one of the most invigorating positions for our bodies, our health and well-being.
When we think about inversions, we think about the ‘upside- down’ ; a scary thought of course, you may cringe by just the thought of being upside down, an abnormal position for our bodies, where our head is down and legs are up. It’s completely normal to think like that, and many researches tend to mention that inversions can be bad because of our blood circulation, the risk of falling, the mix in our organs..but it’s nothing like that. Inversions can actually bring a lot of health benefits.
Here are some of them:
- Improves balance
Inversions can be very difficult to attain, depending on which asana you are trying to do. However, arriving at an inversion can bring a development in balance, as you work on arm strength, core and leg muscles. A perfect example of an inversion to improve is the Salamba Sirsana – supported headstand. A perfect asanas for beginners – where your hands support the head on the floor as the legs are lifted straight up in a line. A calm mind, and sequence of breath is needed in this asana, as you focus on the core, and connection of the arms to the ground.
2. Improves the circulation in the body.
While many say inversions lead to bad circulation in the body, it it actually quite the opposite. Inversions use the gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood; This leads to better blood circulation, thus improving in addition the mind control, and mental function.
3. Energizes the body.
Inversions, although difficult to hold, can energize the body by giving mental revitalization; it’s a natural brain boost, so if you’re feeling low on energy on a tiring Tuesday afternoon, get yourself upside down!
I did just mention that inversions do energize your body, but they can definitely relax your body too! Just think about it, you are near the end of an intense yoga class, that’s where the inversions come in – get yourself in a headstand with the wall supporting you and take a deep breath in, as you exhale close your eyes and feel the energy in your body slowing down. The heart automatically slows down and your mind in that moment is in total peace.
5. It’s fun! and anyone can do it
Inversions can be great fun. There is an endless choice of inversions you can do – starting from headstands, to shoulder stands, handstands and even the Downward dog itself is an inversion. With just a little bit of practice, the support of a wall and a little arm strength, you can get to do any inversion you wish.
So get your yoga mat and get yourself upside down!