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I recently came across an article about one man’s experience with inversions throughout his yoga practice. And it got me thinking, why do we practice inversions in yoga? Should every yogi invert? How does one practice inversions safely? If you’ve recently started a yoga practice, you’ve probably seen yogis doing inversions, aka going upside down, aka standing on their heads. And if you are an upside down yogi, you can probably recall how it felt to do your first inversion. No matter where you are in your practice, whether or not to invert is your own choice.
So what is an inversion? An inversion is any asana, or posture, in which the head is below the heart. Thus causing a reversal of blood flow and reversing the effects of gravity. You may already be doing an inversion and not even know it. Inversions include downward facing dog, legs up the wall, forward fold, and happy baby. Other inversions include tripod headstand, supported headstand, and handstand. In each of these poses, the flow of blood is reversed and gravity’s effect is reversed on the body. Continue reading