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Inversions: why get upside down?

September 8, 2015

inversions

 

From Crow to Handstand, inversions can be the most beneficial (and fun!) postures in yoga, but are often the ones people find the hardest to do and the most daunting to try.

An inversion is any asana in which the head is below the heart. Down-dog, standing forward-folds, legs up the wall, and happy-baby all count but it’s when you move towards headstand, handstand, forearm stand, and shoulder stand that the real magic happens…

Being upside-down has a multitude of benefits for the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine systems. The most obvious benefit from inversions is that they can act as a natural ‘caffeine hit’. It works by stimulating the body’s sympathetic nervous system, or also known as “fight or flight” mode, where the body is moved into a state of readiness, and hence you feel more awake and alert. Furthermore, a regular practise of inversions can lead more prolonged mental benefits such as increased mental function, concentration and memory. On an emotional level, inversions are known to help balance moods and aid in overcoming more serious issues such as chronic fear or anxiety. According to The Pradipika, the benefits of inversions go even further- they can even prolong life . Just 3 hours a day can “conquer old age and death”…definitely worth a try!

The whole practise of Yoga encourages us to move away from any unconscious habitual patterns, and inverting is simply another (arguably the best) way by which we can shake things up and step out of a rut. They bring a sense of freedom that reintroduce us to our inner child and remind us that while yoga is a contemplative endeavour in many ways, the asana practice is also a time to be playful and lighten-up!

This workshop will show you how to prepare yourself for the simple to the more challenging inverted asanas, and how to start incorporating them confidently and safely into your own practice. So do your mind, body and soul a favour and come along to this workshop at The Power Yoga Co. studios for an afternoon of fun.

 

marcus

From International DJ to yoga teacher, Marcus’ road has not been of a conventional teacher. Years of touring saw Marcus turning to yoga for a method of physical rehabilitation, except it wasn’t long before yoga worked it’s magic and Marcus fell in love with yoga, particularly the rocket styles. His love for yoga took him to do a teacher training in Goa. Goa was a fundamental step in the yoga journey for Marcus as it gave him a deeper appreciation of what yoga could offer, beyond all the asanas. “It’s about being grounded and taking flight, using the energy of the body to find stillness of the mind. I like to practice what I teach, and I hope to maintain that integrity on and off the mat.” Every practice lead by Marcus is powered by a playful energy, fuelled by a focus on prana and powered by epic music playlist!

 

The Inversion workshop with Marcus Veda is on Saturday 17th October from 13:30-15:30pm at The Power Yoga Company. To sign up, or find our more click here.

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