The yogic definition of an inversion is any pose where your heart is higher than your head. There are inversions to suit every level of practice, from a simple forward fold to a headstand or forearm balance. And there’s a reason why inversions are an essential part of every yoga practice: they are so good for you! Here are 5 great reasons to go upside down every day:
Anti-Gravity – Inversions give your body a break from the pull of gravity, helping to drain fluid and reduce swelling in the ankles and feet. This is great if you are someone who is on their feet all day. At the same time, blood flow to the brain increases, helping to improve your concentration and memory.
Support Your Heart – When the blood flow to your head increases, receptors in your brain send signals to your heart. These signals cause both your heart rate and blood pressure to lower.
Stress Less – ‘Cooling’ inversions such as shoulder stand and legs-up-the-wall activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This helps to create a sense of calm and mental relaxation.
Fighting Depression – Regular incorporation of inversions into your yoga practice is proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Depression causes elevated levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body, and inversions help to normalise these levels.
Perspective – Inversions give you a perspective shift, literally. Feeling stuck in your own head? Struggling to make some important decisions? Check out what the world looks like upside down. It will help to you clear your head and maybe tackle things from a new angle.