Inverted Yoga Poses- My Suggestions for the Beginners

By on March 22, 2016
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Yoga inversions are part of yoga exercise practice, rooted on the concept of opposite process or “viparita karani”. These poses are done with the feet above the head. Through inversions it is said that the impurities of the body can be purified. Inverted yoga poses are achievable through regular and serious practice of yoga exercise. It may seem difficult and complicated but through muscle strengthening and proper preparation of your body, you can also perform inverted yoga poses with ease.

Guide for Beginners

Some people may be able to perform inverted poses faster than expected while some may take a while to perfect the poses. Don’t compare yourself with others as this will only disappoint and frustrate you. It does not matter how flexible or how strong you are in yoga, the important thing is that you are practicing it correctly, and gradually you will develop the stamina, flexibility, and strength to carry out advance poses.If you are new to yoga make sure to find a credible teacher. It is important to inform your instructor if you have health conditions and preexisting injuries, to avoid further problems. Inverted poses are also contraindicated for people who are pregnant, diabetic, menstruating, hypertensive, obese, has eye problems and cervical spondylitis.

Benefits of Inverted Yoga Poses

1. Practicing inverted yoga poses will make you look younger. Inversions reverse the effect of gravity, such sagging face. By performing inverted yoga poses you are actually having a natural facelift. These poses also promote circulation as a result adequate nutrients reaches your head and brain, making you look more beautiful and younger looking. Inverted yoga poses also increases blood flow to the scalp which delays onset of hair loss and grey hair.

2. During inverted poses glands in the head are replenished with fresh oxygenated blood,thus they are able to function well. The adrenal gland which is important in managing stress is detoxified. Thus you are less prone to depression and anxiety.

3. Inverted yoga poses also improves pumping action of the heart. Since the head is above the heart, normally the heart will exert extra effort to pump blood to the head, through the practice of inversions the heart is able to rest. It also increases blood flow to the brain resulting to improved brain functioning.

4. Helps relieve edema and varicosities. Due to gravity, fluid tend to pool on the lower extremities causing edema, through inversions these fluids are drained. People with varicose veins can also improve the blood flow in their lower extremities by performing inverted yoga poses.

5. Inverted poses are also great in impressing others. Doing inverted poses is not easy; it requires strength flexibility and a lot of discipline. Doing a headstand in a party will surely turn heads.

Inverted Yoga Poses

Headstand or Sirsasana– This pose is also known as the king of all asana. It has lots of benefits even if it is considered as the most basic inverted yoga asana.

Handstand or Adho Mukha Vrksasana– This pose is just like the headstand but the arms are used to support the body instead of the head.

The Plough or Halasana– This pose helps relieve back pain, aligns the spine, and relieves stress in the body especially the spine.

Shoulder Stand or Saravangasana – This pose strengthens the neck, shoulders and core
muscles. It also benefits the thyroid glands and improves blood circulation in the brain.


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