Lift Off! Yoga to Prepare for Inversions
Inverted postures in yoga include any pose where the head drops below the heart, and can be as simple as downward dog or as hard as headstand.
These postures increase circulation around the neck and chest, facilitating healthy blood flow through the brain, including the pituitary and pineal glands. All of the systems of the body, including the endocrine and lymphatic systems, benefit from inversions. They improve sleep, memory, and vitality when practiced regularly by toning the body, quieting the mind, and lifting the spirit.
Some inversions can also be very dangerous for the inexperienced practitioner. Use discretion, practice with an experienced teacher and incorporate these exercises to prepare the body for the strenuous postures to avoid injury and to move your practice forward with mindfulness!
Begin with 3-4 rounds of sun salutations to build heat, and get into the body and the breath. These poses are detailed here. Include some twists and core warming postures if they call to you.
Compiled and modeled by Sarah Louisignau, E-RYT.
The exercises and instructions presented in this article are designed for people who are in good health and physically fit. Do not undertake this or any other exercise without the consent of a doctor. Spirituality & Health and the creators of this sequence disclaim any liability for loss or injury in connection with the exercises shown or the instruction and advice expressed.