Turn your world upside-down

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

 

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I had a great time today teaching inversions to my regular corporate class at Mind. We had a lot of fun playing with headstands and shouldstands. Inversions have fantastic benefit for us physiologically and also psychologically*:
  • Inversions reverse the blood flow in the body and improve circulation:
By turning ourselves upside-down, we are using gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood thus increasing mental functioning, and improving concentration, memory, and processing abilities.
  • Increase immunity and prevent illness:
The lymphatic system is a key player in keeping the body healthy. As lymph moves through the body it picks up toxins and bacteria to be eliminated by the lymph nodes. Because lymph moves as a result of muscle contractions and gravity, getting upside down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system where much of the toxins enter the body.
  • Energise:
Feeling a bit sluggish and lethargic? Get upside down! Heating inversions such as handstand, headstand, and forearm balance get more blood moving to the brain, which results not only in physical invigoration but mental revitalization as well.
  • Relax:
While the heating inversions (handstand & headstand) energize, inversions of the cooling type (shoulder stand & legs up the wall) work to calm the nervous system, thereby activating the parasympathetic nervous system and producing feelings of balance and calm.
  • Improve balance:
Challenge yourself! Once balancing on one or two legs has been mastered, the obvious next step is finding equanimity on hands and head.
  • Increase core strength:
Shoulders and arms—especially for women who tend to be stronger in the lower body, inversions create body balance by developing upper body strength.
  • Build up confidence:
While that first kick up into handstand might induce varying levels of trepidation and fear, once we “get it”, other things in life that once would’ve scared us or brought up anxiety, suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting.
  • Stay humble:
And before we “get it”, those many attempts remind us of how much more we have to learn, the importance of having patience, and how to accept ourselves as we are at this moment and enjoy the “journey” to our destination.
  • Gain a new perspective of the world:
By voluntarily turning our world upside-down, we can see things from another angle. This is turn can shift the way we perceive certain situations or people..
So why not give it go today, and lets go upside-down together!
* Ref: http://www.yoganonymous.com/10-benefits-of-yoga-inversions