10 Reasons To Yoga Upside Down

Turn your frown upside down with a yoga inversion!

I will start by saying that I LOVE yoga. If I could practice at my studio every day I would. Sometimes I do it at home, if I cannot make it but I wanted to share with you 10 of the health benefits of yoga inversions (or going upside down).

What do you mean upside down anyways?

Any pose that places the hips above the heart and the heart above the head is considered an inversion. So technically downward dog could count!

Here are 10 Reasons you yoga upside down and add yoga to your daily workout routine:

10 Reasons to Yoga Upside Down:

  1. Fresh Glow: While you are upside down, nutrients and oxygen are flushed to the face–creating that healthy glow. You’ll look like you just walked out of spa day…but for a much cheaper price!
  2. Brain Booster: a headstand increases the blood flow to the brain and improves cognitive functioning. It also stimulates the glands in charge of sleep cycles, digestion, reproductive hormones and more!
  3. Confidence: I mean, who doesn’t feel good when they are upside down?
  4. Body Strengthening: You will put your shoulders, upper back, core and legs to work while in an inversion. To hold your handstand your abs, legs, and obliques will be contacted the entire time!
  5. Good-bye Grays! Did you know that increased blood flow to your brain can prevent gray hairs (mom, are you reading this?)
  6. Adrenal Support: Adrenal glands are flushed when you are upside down. Not only will you have a better outlook on life, but your headstand/handstand could improve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress! You’ll also flush a healthy dose of hormones into your body which= more energy!
  7. Get your digestion going: Being upside down stimulates digestive juices and keeps everything moving as it should. Inversions also stimulate the endocrine gland which regulates metabolism and turns food into available energy!
  8. Reduce Edema: Stimulating lymph and blood flow can help reduce swelling in your legs, ankles and feet. If you walk all day, you may consider an inversion when you get home to help reduce the swelling in your legs!
  9. Mindfulness: Practicing yoga inversions will help you to learn to be in the moment, listen to your body, block out “outside noise” and focus on one thing at a time.
  10. New Party Trick: Be the “coolest kid on the block” when you bust out this talent at your next social event! Promise, it works..