Yoga Sutra 1.7 and Inversion Poses
The MANY benefits of Inversion Poses
Yoga Inversion Poses are considered to be poses where your head is lower than your heart. You are upside down in all inverted positions which creates a literal change of perspective as well as many health benefits. Turning upside down brings fresh blood to your heart which gives more efficient circulation. The effect is actually aerobic for your heart! Inversions improve lung tissue quality by ventilating the upper lungs which ensures a more even oxygen-to-blood exchange for healthier tissue and beautiful skin. Inversions also increase blood flow to your head, relieving the heart of some of its duties and lowering blood pressure and heart rate as well as giving your brain ‘food’ and your face and eyes a radiant glow! When your body inverts, this stimulates your lymphatic system which strengthens your immune system. Inversions stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands which regulate hormones and metabolism. Most inversions will stimulate your pituitary gland, your master gland, and give you a positive state of well-being. Inversions also stimulate the cerebrospinal fluid which is the juice of the central nervous system that flows from your brain to your spinal cord. In headstand, the top of the skull experiences pressure that promotes elasticity in the cranial bones and increased the production of cerebralspinal fluid to the ventricles of the brain. Practicing inversions can benefit your spinal discs, strengthen your ligaments and soft tissues and relieve muscle spasms. In addition to all of these benefits, Inversion Poses will also give you better sleep, focus and digestion!
Come to class and gain all these benefits along with imbibing the wisdom of Yoga Sutra 1.7 into your asana practice and your life!