Asana is one of the most widely practiced aspects of Yoga today. Practicing asana is also one of the easiest ways to introduce Yoga into one’s life. Making a daily Yoga plan for oneself can be a difficult task. You can read on here http://www.yogajournal.com/article/beginners/bringing-your-practice-home/ to learn on how to bring yoga practice at home. Our focus in this article is to emphasize on keeping some inverted postures in your yoga plan, for their sheer importance towards health and well-being.
Action of Gravity
In all upside-down postures, the reverse effect of gravity has deep impact on different body parts. Foremost is the increased blood flow to the brain revitalizing the entire body & mind. Secondly, the venous blood return becomes easy to flow downward to the heart, providing it rest. Thirdly, in the reverse position of body the spine is relieved of continuous strain of upright position.
Asana means consciously putting our body into different postures to experience a different level of consciousness. Inverted postures like Head Stand challenge our static patterns of behavior and being by turning things upside down and presenting things in new perspective.
While body is in an inverted asana, the breath becomes slow and deep, encouraging correct respiration. In Shoulder Stand posture the abdominal breathing is induced which improving the exchange of air in the body and relieving stress & massaging the abdominal organs.
Like any other balancing pose, inverted asanas demand complete mental composure. They are helpful in quieting the mind and develop mental focus and concentration. They refine our consciousness and improve our ability to meditate.
Energize and Relaxation
By improving blood circulation in head region inverted postures help in physical invigoration and mental revitalization. They also work to calm the nervous system, giving a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
Though inverted asanas are important to our health and they should be practiced with care. They should be avoided in case of high blood pressure and heart disease or slipped disc. Inverted postures should also be avoided during menstruation.
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