Putting yoga inversions into your daily yoga practice is a scary concept to some people. I know that it was for me. You’re not sure where to start or which inversions would be best for you, but more importantly, you’re hesitant about the possibility of falling on your face.
If you’ve been holding back for whatever reason, you can rest assured you’re not the only one with these fears. You can also rest assured that you won’t be the only one to ever fall on their face. But not to worry! Inversions can be intimidating at first, but even beginners can learn to do inversions of some sort and reap all the benefits they provide.
What Are Yoga Inversions?
In the simplest terms, a yoga inversion is any pose that puts your head below your heart. Inversions can range from the simple downward-facing dog (bet ya didn’t know that was technically an inversion!) to the awe-inspiring handstand. No matter where you’re at in your practice, you can learn to do inversions. There’s an inversion out there for everyone — as long as you have the courage to try.
Why Should I Put Inversions in My Yoga Practice?
Inversions have a ton of benefits, and that’s why adding them to your practice can be helpful. Not only are they great stress busters, but they also have other positives such as boosting your immune system, relieving fluid build up in the limbs and even getting rid of varicose veins. Plus, you’ll feel on top of the world when you finally nail that headstand.
What to Know First
Yoga isn’t risk free. As with any exercise regime, there’s a chance you could injure yourself during practice. If you have neck, back or shoulder injuries, you should avoid certain inversions as they may aggravate any existing problems.
While it can be normal to experience some discomfort, you should never push yourself until it hurts. The phrase “no pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to yoga. Always honor your ability and listen to your body — pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, and you need to stop.