A Happy Place
Yoga is a philosophy with all aspects (or limbs) working together for the common good. When you engage in a physical practice or asana it's more than your body moving. Twisting helps with digestion, shoulder stands helps with thyroid problems and inversions help you get to your happy place. So let's breakdown what is an inversion and how it can lead you to your happy place.
Inversions poses most commonly categorized as things like handstands or headstands are actually any pose that places your heart above your head. This flow metaphorically allows you to lead with your heart instead of over thinking things. Physically it allows the blood flow to switch in your body and send more blood to your brain. It also works against gravity to help the de-oxygenated blood going through your veins back to the heart and the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain, sensory organs and the face. Ultimately inversions give your blood flow a helping hand by improving circulation. I can't say that it helps to prevent wrinkles but I have used inversions to assist in hair growth and it worked!
In addition to blood flow and allowing your heart to lead there are tons of other benefits like:
- Lymphatic System Improvement for increased immunity and prevention of illness- Lymph moves as a result of gravity and muscle contractions. By positioning your body upside down allows lymph to easily travel into the respiratory system, where a lot of toxins enter the body.
- Increased Core Strength - Every yoga pose has some element of core involvement. Inversions use your whole body and through that help strengthen the core.
- Relaxation - While some inversions create heat and give you energy, some calm your system and provide rest and relaxation. Resting your legs up the wall is a good inversion. Within 15 minutes your body will benefit from rest equivalent to an hour of sleep.
Don't be afraid. There are plenty of inversions that do not require years of yoga practice. Start with these inversions to get your inversion game moving.
Downward Facing Dog
Dolphin Pose, Shoulder Stand, Headstand Prep, Wall T-stand and Legs up the wall.