Changing your perspective can change everything, and sometimes it’s just a matter of literally turning things upside down! There are many benefits to getting upside down. Here’s just a few of the reasons to turn things on your head:
Inversions literally turn your frown upside down. Flushing the adrenal glands stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins that allow you to immediately feel uplifted and can counteract depression, mood swings and seasonal affective disorder.
Boost your brain
When the brain lacks a sufficient supply of blood, the body becomes slow and sluggish because the brain uses 25 percent of the body’s oxygen. Increasing blood flow nourishes brain cells with more oxygen resulting in improved concentration, memory and awareness.
Inversions help to stimulate lymphatic cleansing and drainage which clears toxins from the tissues and plays a vital role in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the immune system.
Here’s a few tips before we get started:
-Keep your weight on the elbows and forearms (never on the head) and avoid locking your chin.
-If you feel your alignment is not quite right, come out of your inversion and then do it again, avoid making adjustments while inverted.
-Start gradually with variations that allow you to build up strength and flexibility. You can try using a wall for support at first.
Step 1: Come to tabletop all fours. Shoulders over wrists and hips over knees.
Step 2: Lower down to forearms and interlace the fingers.
Step 3: Drop the crown of the head to the inside of the hands.
Step 4: Lift the hips and come onto the toes like downward facing dog.
Step 5: Walk the toes in towards the elbows a few steps to stake the hips over the shoulders.
Step 6: Lift one knee up toward the sky, leaving the other foot on the ground.
Step 7: Take tiny hops off the ground with the standing leg.
step 8: Once you feel a little flight, guide one knee into the chest as the other knee toward the sky.
Step 9: Carefully extend the legs and toes toward the sky. Gently lower down the same way you entered into the headstand. Rest in a child’s pose for a few breaths.
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