Day 7 of #TheYogaSense is any inversion that makes you focus on total body alignment. Honestly this is the case for me in all inversions, but holding a headstand (as my most stable balance) is definitely the pose where I can confidently tweak and adjust and really feel everything stack and engage. If you find you move upside down without control (legs flying up everywhere, hips waving around..) then you haven’t yet found the right stacking alignment. Of course, that’s not to say once you find the alignment you won’t lose it again a second later and get crazy feet again 😂 my litmus test for hoe comfortable I am in a pose is whether or not I could do it happily in a room full of people 🤔
It’s often said in yoga that inversions bring more blood to the brain and therefore nurture that organ. Not to disappoint, but your body is actually pretty good at getting blood where it needs to go, in the quantities required, all by itself... but that’s not to say that there are no benefits to inverting! 😉 for example, inverting requires a lot of core strength, which will improve your posture when standing the other way up too. Using an inversion therapy chair had been shown to temporarily decrease back pain and extend the spine (Vernon et al., 1985) though the underlying cause of the pain needs to be addressed for a long term solution (Laskowski, 2017).
The physical act of inverting aside, there is something to be said for the benefits associated with learning to move your body in a new space (learning new skills has been shown to slow cognitive ageing - Park et al 2013), and also for gaining a novel perspective on things.
The scientific research aside, for most people inversions require absolute focus - a focus that can be meditative (and I’m sure I don’t need to quote the literature on that, but it’s extensive!). The more meditation you can fit in, the better for your wellbeing 🧠
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