I am an inversion junkie.
I can always rely on getting a buzz from a shoulder stand, headstand, handstand, hanging upside down in my swing or even just putting my legs up against the wall!
I've only just started to use my yoga swing again since going to aerial yoga and writing my last post about doing what you love. We've been here for almost 4 years and it's taken me until now to get it out and have a play, even though it's something I love and makes me feel great. Silly really!
There are many benefits of being upside down, however it's not for everyone and if you are attempting an inversion for the first time it's best to consult a professional. However you can get most of the benefits just from putting your legs up against the wall.
Here's some of the benefits:
1. Improve circulation
Blood flow is reversed, pressure is taken off of the heart (although it's not recommend to do inversions if you have high blood pressure). Remaining inverted for 3-5min allows the blood to drain quickly and lymph to flow into veins, thus facilitating a healthy exchange of nutrients and waste between cells.
2. Improve mental function
Increase in oxygen through and increase in blood to the brain can result in improved concentration, memory etc.
3. Increase energy
4. Promotes relaxation
5. Clear out lungs
Blood moves to the well ventilated upper lobes of the lungs therefore there is a more efficient exchange of oxygen and improves lung tissue.
6. Increase fun and play in your life
Being upside down connects you with your inner child and reminds you how uplifting it is to play and just muck around!
7. Increases balance
8. Improves core strength
9. Reminds you there is always another perspective.
Being inverted is a metaphor for life. There is always another way to look at a situation. And sometimes having your life turned upside down can be positive!
I encourage you all to have a go and being upside down (safely of course). Happy inverting people!!! #inversionjunkie #inversion #headstand #handstand #aerialhammock #yoga #fun #play #aerialyoga #nature