Yoga inversion, inversion, headstand, handstand yogaInversion, I am fully in the moment!

Inversions are challenging yoga poses that require you to invert your body, often by placing your head below your heart. While they can be intimidating for many people, inversions offer numerous benefits for both the mind and body. Inversions help to increase blood flow to the brain, which can enhance cognitive function, increase focus, and promote feelings of calmness and relaxation. They can also help to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage, and overall cardiovascular health.

During this practice, we will explore a variety of inversions and other poses to help you build strength and confidence in your practice. Remember to trust yourself and believe in your own abilities, as you are stronger than you think!

We’ll start by lying on your back for a hamstring stretch and spinal roll. From there, we’ll move into a boat pose to half boat pose, and use a block to help activate our forearms and elbows. Next, we’ll warm up our wrists and practice cat/cow pose on all fours.

Moving into the inversion portion of the practice, we’ll begin with dolphin pose to forearm plank, modified upward to downward dog in forearm plank, and side plank on forearm. We’ll also practice sun salutation A, including dolphin to downward dog, one legged dog, crescent lunge, standing hand to big toe pose, and standing split.

After that, we’ll move to the wall for handstand hops, cannonball hops, and forearm balance. These poses require strength in the arms and a willingness to carry one’s weight in a new way, which can help build confidence and courage.

We’ll also practice L-shaped handstand and walk up the wall with belly toward the wall with a partner. This can help you to deepen your practice and build trust and communication with your partner.

Finally, we’ll move into headstand pose, which can help to bring clarity of mind and promote humility. As the blood rushes to your head, it nourishes the brain and supplies extra oxygen, which can help to enhance cognitive function and increase focus. Headstand requires mental clarity and the willingness to let go of burdens. As you practice this posture, consider what happens when your life is turned upside down and explore the benefits of surrendering to the Earth. Finish with seated poses, including thunderbolt pose, cow face pose with straps, and lying-down shoulder stretches.

Throughout the practice, we’ll also incorporate different mantra and meditation techniques to help calm the mind and promote feelings of love and compassion. Remember, the mind and body are interconnected, and through yoga and meditation, we can change the mind and change the body.

End with the mantra “Shima Shima” by Deva Premal, which translates to “love” in the Hopi language. On this special day, make a resolution to practice regular meditation to change your mind and, in turn, change your body. Through consistent meditation, you can find peace and clarity in your life.

On this special day, make a resolution
The mind’s physical expression is what you calls the body. It’s the mind that makes the body. Change the mind, and you can change the body because they are interconnected. Meditation is very important if you want to practice any kind of yoga. Meditation is the sustaining force. The mind can find lot of excuses not to meditate, but it keeps the mind clean and sharp. If you meditate regularly you won’t have complaints in life. All your problems would solve themselves if you were regular in your meditation. Through meditation the mind gets the capacity to solve problems and rise above difficulties. Fly high through proper practice; with yoga postures and proper breathing you will raise the flag of consciousness. Then you won’t have to do anything else. The result will be there. On this beautiful day my sincere wish and prayer is that all of you will really put your effort into experiencing this joy of being fully in the present moment.

As you continue your yoga journey, embrace the present moment and find joy in your practice.