yoga inversions

When I initially saw the notification for the inversions workshop, I was excited. However after I registered and paid, I was nervous. When the day showed up and I was warming up on my mat, I was terrified! Exactly what if I was the worst one there? Exactly what if I fell on my face? What if I fell on my next-door neighbor? Numerous fears.

I might very well have been the worst one there, however I didn’t fall on my face, nor did I landed on my neighbor. What I did do was discover the strength to push myself further than I ‘d preceded.

Inversions are a powerful part of a yoga routine. Nevertheless, for someone new to the practice, they can likewise appear the most evasive. Most of them need a strong core, strong arms and a great deal of control. Whether you understand it or not though, inversions are part of your practice from day one. The most commonly made use of inversion: Downward Pet dog. What you’re probably thinking about when you hear the term, however, is Handstand.

As a new yogi (just a year and a half into my practice, I really am still cutting my teeth), inversions have always held an unique attraction. From the minute I initially used a wall to get upside-down, I was hooked.

Inversions get your blood streaming, providing you a boost of energy, they can relieve headaches, and help develop shoulder muscles (a hard one for females). The benefits to turning your practice upside-down are numerous, however for me the greatest benefit was a new understanding and connection to my body. Going upside-down can be frightening, it can feel unnatural initially, however when it works, it provides you a whole brand-new awareness of what each part of your body is doing and how they collaborate.

That workshop, while rich in suggestions and support on proper positioning, was probably most useful for helping me recognize that my biggest stumbling block is fear. I’ve work to do on my strength, naturally, however what’s really holding me back is this frame of mind that I’m not stabilized enough, experienced enough, or good enough to do this. This workshop reminded me that I can step beyond my convenience zone, and that if I keep trying, every time I’ll get closer, and one day that’ll certainly be me “flying.”

After two and a half hours of attempting various inversions with 2 dozen other yogis, I still hadn’t made it into handstand without support, but I felt strong and capable anyway. I discovered I can do tripod stand, one I had not even thought to attempt in the past, and that I could kick up into forearm stand much easier than handstand (still need the wall but I am getting up there!). With practice and time, I know I’ll get to handstand eventually. But by including upside-down minutes into my regular practice, I am currently reaping big advantages.

A pal recently informed me that because I started practicing yoga, he’s actually seen me enter my own. By turning my practice upside-down, I can lastly see that too.