I love inversions. I think they are fun and challenging and that is why I normally add them into my daily yoga practice. But when I learn that inversions can actually help you physically and mentally I did not want to miss a day without putting myself upside down at least for just a few breaths a day.
The shift in perspective and intermuscular awareness changes totally the way we perceive the world and us while reversing the effects of gravity in the body. The brain is flushed with nourishing blood, the mind clears and the nerves quiets down. This provides a sense of stillness that helps set a gentle inducement into meditation.
Yoga Inversions is the pose in which you place your head lower than your heart. This change in the natural body position helps your body to recover from the effects of compression of the body produced by gravity on your daily activities. Scientifically, it has been proven to be quite beneficial for cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. In fact, inversion is a perfect exercise for the body as a whole.
Note, however, that it's important to learn inversions in the presence of a knowledgeable yoga instructor and should for the most part be avoided by individuals with any kind of neck injury, low blood pressure, or eye disease. Like any other posture, it is important to listen to your own body while practicing inversions and only bring yourself to a place you feel comfortable going to.
Improves Blood Circulation
Inversions increase the blood flow to the brain, giving more oxygen and nutrients that helps the brain to function properly. This improves concentration, memory, observation and boosts clear thinking. It also helps move the stagnant blood in the body to move back to the flow of blood.
Balancing effects in your mood
Standing upside down can actually make you feel better! As the brain is better nourished there is a releases of beneficial hormones in the body and brain like endorphins that will reduce the levels of cortisol. will help with the symptoms of depression while alleviates the effects of stress and premenstrual symptoms.
Relieves Spinal Pain
One of the basic advantages of inversions is that it relieves spinal pain to a great extent. It enables a person to have a better posture. Since the spinal cord is the most important part of the body, which affects how the person sits and stands; inversion can help improve the outlook of a person.
It helps the eliminations of toxins and unnecessary bodily liquids through the lymphatic system. The function of the lymphatic system is crucial for the proper function of the bodily organs. it helps eliminate toxins and excess liquid from different parts of the body that will re-enter the blood to be finally flushed away through the endocrine system.
Conditions like cellulitis and inflammation of the legs can be alleviated in between others.
Inversions are the yogic approach to control indigestion. Indigestion, which may cause anxiety and skin disorders, is considerably improved when one practices inversions.
Inversions increase the ability of a person’s body to fight against diseases. Since it cleans the blood, an overall healthy feeling is maintained.
Inversions also help to decrease insomnia. When your mind is all relaxed and in high spirits because of the healthy blood flow, a person will be able to sleep better. When inverting, muscle tension decreases by 35%. This is one of the reasons why a person can sleep better after inverting.
Inversion makes the body flexible and adaptable to changes. A flexible body remains healthy and strong even when it reaches old age.
Maintaining Proper Posture
For athletes or workers who perform lots of physical work, inversion is the best to keep the spine in proper posture. It will also reduce tardiness and will gain back your strength after a workout. Inversion therapy works wonders for the lower back pain caused by this physical work. It also helps reduce muscle pain.
Strengthening Bones Inversion helps to make ligaments strong which are one of the basic elements of your bones. Ligaments hold your bones together. When they’re strong, you will often be saved from a bone breaking accident. Maintaining Height A lot of people will shrink over time as their old age approaches. Inversion can help stop that and retain your original height. Inversion therapy is one of the “after yoga therapy” which carries immense benefits. Even when you do it the first time, the psychological feeling of turning your body against its natural position will be enough to lift you up both physically and mentally. - You do not need to do a handstand to get some of the benefits inversions can bring. Just by laying down on your back over a couch with the legs up on the headrest and your head towards the floor you will get some of the inversions restorative effects. If you would like to learn how to do more fun and challenging inversion get to your nearest Yoga Class now! Namaste Maria b Yoga