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3 Reasons to be Inverted

Purposely turning ourselves upside down is contrary to our nature and yet the benefits of upending ourselves are many. Just as yoga gently encourages us to move away from any unconscious habitual patterns, the invitation to invert is simply another way by which to shake things up, step out of rut.

At Fit Columbia we offer safe alternatives to headstand, handstand, forearm stand and shoulder stands which typically come to mind when we consider inversions. Because an inversion is most generally categorized as any asana in which the head is below the heart...we use props.  These props help us get things moving in new directions without jumping in the deep end and or risk injury.

Here are three reasons to try inversions at Fit Columbia using the yoga wall or the aerial silks.  

Inversions reverse the blood flow in the body and improve circulation: Work smarter, not harder! Use gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood thus increasing mental functioning, and improving concentration, memory, and processing abilities.

Increase immunity and prevent illness: The lymphatic system is a key player in keeping the body healthy. As lymph moves through the body it picks up toxins and bacteria to be eliminated by the lymph nodes. Because lymph moves as a result of muscle contractions and gravity, getting upside down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system where much of the toxins enter the body.

Energize: Feeling that 3pm slump coming on? Get upside down! Inversions get more blood moving to the brain, which results not only in physical invigoration but mental revitalization as well.

Angie Sellers