Your Instagram page might be filled with pictures of people doing headstands, handstands, and other yoga inversions. Some people set out on a quest to learn these poses.
I did. I still do. They look pretty and you feel strong and like you have accomplished something. But these poses are not the end all be all.
The point of yoga is not to stand on your head it's to learn to stand on your own two feet.
There are safer inversions to try and learn before jumping right into headstands and handstands.
Legs up the wall is great, shoulder stance is another and even downward facing dog is an inversion.
Some benefits of inversions are:
The Benefits of Inversion
Reduce nerve pressure.
Realign the spine.
Relax tense muscles. The benefits extend beyond just spinal health and pain relief though, also helping to:
Improve joint health.
Improve fitness & build core strength.
Other benefits applicable to almost all yoga inversions are, elimination of toxins, boost in positive energy and immunity, increased flow of oxygenated blood to the brain, works as a natural antidepressant, stimulates nervous system and calms the mind, improves circulation, strengthens the back and core abdominal.
There are also risks when practicing inversions. There is a risk of causing stress on your spine, you can also fall and cause injury to yourself.
If you have high blood pressure, history of stroke, or heart disease you should not practice inversions.
I practice them daily because they give me energy but you do you and what works for you!
I am excited to announce that I am working on an Inversion E-Course. Everything form Legs up the Wall to Headstands.