Welcome to our second to last day and it’s all about the #inversion! #fundationsofyoga ⠀
I went with the shortest to tallest with a few variations:
Sirsasana - sirsa means “head” soooo enough said there. I interlace my fingers but keep a small space between my palms and place my head by the pads of the thumbs so I can maintain more external rotation plus scapular stability. This is a source of disagreement - some put the head against the palms themselves.... 👩🏻🦰
Pinchamayurasana or “feather of the peacock” is easier on cervical vertebrae / necks but more challenging. Think about wrapping your triceps in and truly using your entire foundation (forearms, wrist, hands) 🦚
Adho Mukha Vrksasana “downward facing tree” or handstand is exactly the same as forearm from elbows up!! I learned handstand before forearm so no attachment to the order. 🌲 ⠀
For fun I did a handstand on blocks because well....taller!!
What’s in common with all - steady breaths, bandha engagement, using my foundations to press down so my shoulders stabilize, the muscles fire, and I can add weight.
For straight leg variations HUG that midline - think adduction of drawing the legs together for the sternum, to navel, to pubic bone alignment. 🤗
Swipe to see a blanket supported shoulder stand (space for the cervical spine) and viparita karani with a block.
Inversions are amazing for confidence, calming the central nervous system, reversing the blood flow etc and there are enough options for any yogi, anytime!
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