Some of the most common inverted yoga poses are the Downward facing dog pose, Standing forward fold pose, Prasarita Padottanasana, Dolphin pose, Shoulder stand pose, Headstand pose and Legs up the wall pose. All these yoga poses are known as Inverted poses because while practicing these positions the head is lower than the heart, that is, the opposite of our usual upright position.
There is no doubt that all these poses have great health benefits, but it is also a fact that many inverted positions demand extra caution from the practitioner. There are some like head stand pose and the shoulder stand pose which require lot of strength and skill and hence should not be rushed into. These two should be avoided by patients of very high or low blood pressure. They should also be avoided by people who are overweight and who have glaucoma and by women during their menstruation as it is better and safe to practice some of the earlier or supported versions of these postures.
Being upside down or at least putting certain organs into a reverse positions has great health benefits as the unique inverted position provide a completely different and special set of physical and mental health.
During the practice, the aspirants come across very strange settings which heighten the physiological, psychological and spiritual experiences of the aspirant. This is mainly because of the heightened focus and concentration required during these postures. One should always respect ones physical limitations during the practice of yoga and should not push their physical limits too far. If one is in a class the instructor will often remind the student and if one is watching a yoga DVD it should be mentioned there as well.
As far as the physical health benefits of these poses are considered, they are immense.
All the inverted yoga positions are greatly strengthening positions. The shoulders, back, abdomen and legs are especially strengthened during many of them as they allow these organs to sustain and perform against the pull of the gravity. Many of the positions also can work wonders for the blood circulatory and digestive systems. Some of the inversions like headstand and shoulder stand promote vitality and balance of the body by stimulating the glandular and hormonal system.
Though these inverted yoga poses might seem to be difficult in the beginning, regular practice of these poses are bound to make the practitioner confident, stable and more focused in the long run. They should be learned from practicing yogis. Even if you learn them from DVD, seek out the best you can find.
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