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Inversions

Inversions:
Basically they are asanas where the heart is placed above the head. They are beneficial because they:
• Eliminate toxins.
• Increase the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain.
• Stimulates nervous system and calms the mind.
• Strengthens the back and core abdominal muscles, improves posture and overall balance.
• Most importantly, inversions eliminate fear and build confidence.

Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
Sirsasana (headstand)
Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
Adho Mukha Vrksasana



Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand):
The basic inversion. From lying down on the mat, support the lower back and extend the legs up.


Sirsasana (headstand):
Elbows under shoulders with interlocked fingers, head in front of the palms. Knees bent and pulled into the chest, then legs are straightened up.

Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand):
Elbows and arms are placed shoulder distance apart with parallel forearms, one leg is extended up and pressing with the other to extend both legs.

Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand):
Palms under shoulders, fingers wide apart, walk feet towards head, raise one leg up and push with other to bring the body in one line.

Always end an inverted pose with a savasana or balasana, until the breath and heartbeat is completely normal.

By Riham Ghanem, Yoga Instructor & Clinical Laboratory Science Undergraduate

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