"It's a good thing to turn your mind upside down now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the particles run the other way." ~ Christopher Morley
Flip your world upside down in a fun, exciting and methodical way in this course called “Inversion Immersion with Props”. Just as yoga gently encourages you to move away from any unconscious habitual patterns, the invitation to invert is simply another way to shake things up, step out of a rut.
Taking our yoga poses to our hands can be very intimidating. But, it can also be a lot of fun, super exhilarating and even addictive. Turning our world upside down is also challenging by the simple fact that we spend the majority of our life right-side up. This course is designed to give you the tools you need to gain confidence, build strength and approach these inversions in a safe and effective manner. Learn warm-up practices that you can use to support your inversion practice, deepen your awareness of optimal alignment for these poses, learn how to use props to support your effort on holding the poses longer.
An inversion is most generally categorized as any asana in which the head is below the heart. There are gentler variations that may be more accessible for students early on in their inversion relationship: Downward Dog, Standing Forward Folds, Legs Up the Wall and Happy Baby are lovely ways in which to get things moving in new directions without jumping into the deep end. Yoga inversions relax the mind and awaken to what is unfolding in the present moment. This course features the foundational inversions:
Like all things in life, the suggestion to get upside-down should not be universally prescribed. There are certain contraindications that should be observed so as not to cause or exacerbate previous injuries or illnesses: high blood pressure, some heart conditions, neck injuries, recent stroke, detached retina, glaucoma and epilepsy are common issues that should be addressed before inverting. Talk with your doctor if you are unsure about your status.
Inversions give the practitioner a sense of peace and quiet in the mind. They require a level of focus, strength and balance like no other poses. Inversions help to detoxify the body of impurities while building core strength and muscle firmness. The benefits of regularly inverting your body range from aiding digestion to alleviating stress to improving mental clarity to improving blood circulation to the brain and eyes. A strong inversion practice also helps with boosting your immunity and preventing illness. And before you “get it,” those many attempts remind you of how much more you have to learn, and how truly it is about the journey, not simply the destination. So humbling! Inversions reintroduce you to your inner child and remind you that though yoga is a contemplative endeavor in many ways, the asana practice is also a time to be playful and lighthearted!
List of 10 classes included in this course:
Class 1 : Sirsasana/Headstand
Class 2 : Sarvangasana/Shoulder stand
Class 3 : Pincha Mayurasana/Forearm Stand
Class 4 : Adho Mukha Vrikshasana/Handstand
Class 5 : Headstand variations
Class 6 : Boost your immunity
Class 7 : Vrischikasana/Scorpion pose
Class 8 : Handstand Variations
Class 9 : Ganda Bherundasana/Chin stand
Class 10 : Restorative Inversions
This course is open to all levels. So just show up with a desire to learn and have fun! Like Mary Poppins said, “When the world turns UPSIDE DOWN the best thing to do is TURN right along with it”!!