There is something so relaxing about being upside down. So calming, unwinding, and tranquilizing. Believe it or not, but I enjoy taking savasana while in forearm stand or scorpion. I could rest in these inversions all day. Being upside down lets my mind zone out and allows me to just focus on my breathing.
I always start my practice with a forearm series against the wall to warm-up, then I lose the wall and move on to a handstand series and another forearm series. Maybe this is a yoga sin, to start a practice with moving the body in such a way, but it really gets me ready and focused for a beautiful practice. Not only do I practice handstands and forearm stands, but I have an undieing love for all backbends (hey wheel!), shoulder stand, half-moon, etc. I love them all (did you know forward bends are even inversions?). They are so freeing and show me the full potential of my strong and beautiful body.
I’ve always loved these kind of movements. When I was a little girl, you could always find me in the living room flipping around in handstands, bridges, cartwheels, and my ever-so persistent practice of trying to walk on my hands. (I was a yogi at heart and I just never knew it then!) I have vivid memories of waking up on Sunday mornings, going downstairs to practice walking on my hands and flipping onto the couch, all while waiting for my dad to come back with out traditional weekend breakfast of bagels and donuts! Haha!
As my yoga practice has become such a large part of my life and I now practice these inversions everyday, I can proudly hold endless handstands, forearm stands, wheels, shoulder stands, moons, and even walk on my hands! One day these inversions just seemed to click and it all became clear. My body feels so comfortable and natural in these postures and they really bring me peace. The inversion I love the most is my forearm scorpion. I love allowing my back to bend so far and almost have my toes touch the top of my head (almost!). I feel this balance and stability in the center of the circle my body makes. It’s pretty incredible really.
Inversions allow all the energy to flow to the heart chakra which embodies love and peace. Inversions will energize the soul and make you feel beautiful, strong, confident, and calm. As the blood flow changes directions in the body, it just delivers an all-encompassing tranquility to the mind and body. Many people are scared they will fall flat on their face or break their neck (haha!), but if you trust yourself, find your center and balance, I promise, that with persistent practice, you won’t!
To find that happy balance in all your inversions, you shouldn’t think about it too much. You need to fully commit your trust to your body and strength and try to find the balance in the center of your being. Finding that balance is a full-body thing. Not just your arms, legs, shoulders, whatever. You must use your entire body and the air around you. It is all about trust, breath, and clearing the mind. Don’t think about it too hard! If you fall, so what? Once you do get that balance to click and the fear is gone, you will be releasing some of your truest potential and it will give you an extraordinary feeling (believe me!).
I love inversions because they have taught me to be afraid of something new and to let go of fear. They have taught me trust, shown me strength, and given me peace. That’s why this yogi loves inversions…and you should too!
So tell me:
+ What’s your favorite inversion?
+ What inversion scares you the most? I think headstand is my least favorite and still scares me a bit.
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