10 reasons to go upside down

February 18, 2011

Posted by in simple living

i do a lot of handstands. i’ll kick up against a wall while my coffee is brewing, or do a headstand for a few minutes as a nice break from the computer. it probably makes more sense for me, as i grew up deeply rooted in gymnastics, then went on to be a collegiate cheerleader, and have since put my skills to a more healthy and sustainable practice: yoga. to say the least, i’ve spent a lot of time upside down. but there’s more to it than that. it makes me feel good. it refreshes me, and makes me feel strong. inversions are healthy for several reasons, and today i’m going to discuss a few of them. are you with me?

10 reasons to go upside down
 
want to set the mood? play jack johnson’s upside down!

first, there are several ways to invert, no matter what your skill level is. above, you’ll find a few of the more advanced inversions, but simply lying down with your feet up a wall will still give some of the same benefits (here’s a great beginner’s guide). find whatever is most comfortable to you, and don’t try anything you’re not confident with (that’s my disclaimer!). :)

in general, inversions cleanse as they squeeze and massage your inner organs and improve blood flow, efficiently flushing your body of toxins as they allow new blood to flow in. they leave you with a renewed sense of overall health and vitality.

10 reasons to go upside down:

    - calm the brain, help relieve stress and mild depression. the increased circulation helps to increase blood circulation to the brain and deliver a higher amount of oxygen which help increase our level of concentration and mental sharpness.

    stimulate the thyroid and prostate glands and abdominal organs. inversions upset gravity and the pituitary and pineal gland become activated as they synergize to balance hormone levels in the body. the result? a revitalized and rejuvenated body.

    stretch the shoulders and neck, which is why this is such a great practice for anyone who sits while they work (like me!).

    tone the legs and booty. squeezing, kicking up and balancing will help get you toned in no time.

    improves digestion. there’s just nothing like turning everything upside to get things moving again. ;)

    relieve the symptoms of menopause, as inverting invigorates the brain, regulates hormones and helps shift and lighten your mood.

    reduce fatigue and help to alleviate insomnia. muscle tension is reported to decrease by 35% while inverting, which helps with anxiety, tension, and insomnia.

    therapeutic for asthma, infertility, sinusitis and headache.

    strengthen the shoulders, arms, and wrists.

    improve your sense of balance.

      so are you ready to give it a try? you can do it! head on over to yoga journal to get step by step instructions on how to do each pose and find endless articles on the benefits of this kind of practice.

      resources: photography: rory earnshaw and david martinez via yoga journal, livestrong.com, yoga for hormonal balance

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      • hullo! i’ve been following your blog for awhile now and love it! just wanted to say thanks for this little pep talk type post, it was just what i needed today. i’d just finished blogging about wanting to figure out a sort of exercise routine… this is definitely going into the mix! have a wonderful weekend.

      • I love inversions! I’m currently working on making my plow straight.

        Great post, Bonnie! Oh, the joys of going upside down :)

      • So, I loved this as I was (at least one of) the one who emailed you awhile back on practicing yoga as I read your bio. I just have to say, I am a funny gal so it takes a lot for me to laugh out loud but I totally did a few times! It was just the way you worded things ;) Thanks for the helpful hints and laughs on the different and fun ways to help bring in exercise!
        Breena Holt

      • hi breena! haha, well you helped me laugh out loud as well. :) thanks for the cheer! looking forward to reading more on your blog. :)

      • rebecca, thank you so much! so glad to help get you in gear. :) love your blog!

      • I must try this. I have a lot of sinus headaches and back pain, maybe this will help. Thanks for posting this information.

        Btw, I made the soup from your blog, twice this week. It is absolutely delicious!!! I served it with french bread topped with minced garlic and parsley. YUM!

      • who knew? i have never tried this, but you can bet i will now….i can’t wait! thanks for this post…i always enjoy reading your blog, but this was a whole new idea!

      • Well, it’s my way of sharing my HUSBAND’s blog ;) I just take care of the 3 babes and one on the way at home along with a business in direct sales. I truly adore your blog and you, even though I don’t know you personally. Although, If I am ever in the area…you may just get a knock on the door ;) kidding! Enjoy your weekend!

      • Thank you for this post to give me a little kick to get back into yoga! I used to do it regularly before I had my toddlers, and I’ve just been putting it off. Those are all wonderful reasons to start up again.

      • I know I’m really late coming to this post, but I’m so glad I found it today! I remember leaning up against the wall on my back and kicking my feet up for fun when I was little. Maybe I should start there, haha!

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