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Benefits (and overcoming the fear) of Inversions

A few weeks ago, I finally had to face the moment I feared, head on (literally) –  having to do a head stand. Maybe it was a good thing that I was the first one in the class to try it, because that gave me no time to feel scared and chicken out. But another major factor was that I know that with Master Sree, we were in good hands.

There is definitely still alot of practice and room for improvement before I can nail my first supported head stand (against the wall). I realise that fear has alot to play in the pace of improvement. When I am upside down, the fear of losing balance tends to flood my consciousness, such that my brain is unable to effectively tell my elbows to push inwards, my neck to stay strong and my belly muscles to suck it in.

Perhaps for now, to encourage myself (and anyone else out there who is overcoming the fear of inversions) to do more inversions, I would like to share some of the benefits of yoga inversions.

An inversion is when the heart is placed higher than the head. Adho Mukha Svanasana and Prasarita Padottanasana can be considered as semi-inverted poses, where the feets are not off the ground. The main inverted poses consist of – just to name a few – Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), halasana (plough pose), sirsasana (headstand) and handstand.  

Physical benefits

Inversions stimulate the immunity system. In an inverted position, lymph moves to the key areas of the body eg. lungs more efficiently, thereby improving the elimination of toxins from the body.

Further, inversions can strengthen the abdominal and core muscles, which are key to maintaining a good posture. As Master Paalu said, in a headstand, you are also working the muscles in the upper body such as the deltoids, neck muscles and trapezius.

Inversions can also help to relieve spinal pain, as it counteracts the pressure on the spine in an upright position.

As being in an inversion defies gravity, it supposedly helps to slow down ageing (eg. less sagging of facial features).

Psychological benefits

Inversions allow an increased flow of oxygenated blood to the brain, which invigorates the brain and improves mental clarity and focus. Inversions also help to calm your mind and nervous system, and is a good way of relieving anxiety.

In addition, inversions can help us to look at things from a different angle –  literally and figuratively! Perhaps the next time you get stuck with a difficult problem at work, try doing a headstand in an empty meeting room!

Another benefit of inversion, which I really hope to achieve, is the increase in confidence and patience, which can be applied to our daily life. To accomplish a challenging pose such as an inversion, loads of practice (and failing) are involved. By not giving in, we are training our minds to be more resilient. When we finally get into a pose, we feel confident of trusting our hard work and the process.

Spiritual benefits

Inversions guide the energy of the pelvis towards the heart, enabling inner growth and self-exploration.

To close out this post, here are some important points to note in practising inversions:

  • Besides being physically ready (in terms of strength), it is key to learn the correct alignment for each pose, to avoid injuries especially to the neck.
  • It may be beneficial to practise how to “fall out” of an inversion, in order to be less fearful and also reduce the chances of injuries.
  • As Master Sree advised, an inversion should always be succeeded by balasana (child pose), to allow the blood flow and therefore, heart rate and breath, to return to normal.
  • To all ladies, it is recommended to avoid inversions during a menstrual period, as the reversed blood flow opposes the body’s urge to release stale blood and endometrial lining.
  • Last but not least, always listen to your body. Be kind and be patient with your body!

With that, lets work hard towards nailing our headstands! Feel the fear, and do it anyway!

 

References:

https://www.juruyoga.com/popular-yoga-inversions-and-their-benefits/

https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/strike-a-royal-pose

https://www.yogapedia.com/10-benefits-of-inversions/2/9632

How I ended up at the YTT200

I have a confession to make – I signed up for the YTT200 programme with Tirisula the just the day before it was slated to start.

I have actually been thinking about it for a few weeks. However, the lack of confidence kept pulling me back.

You see, I have various physical imperfections and limitations, which made it challenging for me to achieve many asanas.

To add on, I had not been diligently practising yoga prior to this – I bought yoga packages but never completed them. And to be honest, I first started doing yoga 5 years ago because it seemed like an ‘in’ thing for office ladies to do.

I was also fearful of inversions and balancing poses. After having fallen down during a simple forward fold and getting a few stitches at the A&E (drama, I know), I developed an even greater fear of falling,

Last but not least, I was intimidated by the uncertainties – it was a significant investment. What if I fail? What if I give up halfway? What if after 20 weeks, I still can’t invert or do an arm balance?

As you can see, I was judging myself and comparing myself to others before I had even stepped foot into the studio. How ridiculous, right? But that is how I have always been like – a perfectionist by nature.

All these negative voices kept ranging in my head, but deep in my heart, there was a tiny voice urging me to just go for it.

At that time, I had just left my job of 7 years. For most of my life, I chose the route which was the safest, the most conventional. I was never one to take risks, because of the fear of changes and losing. This is the summary of how I ended up in a job which was unsuitable for me, and even stayed for 7 years.

A few months ago, I reached this stage in my life whereby I was constantly questioning myself, who am I? I did not want to continue living my life like an empty shell. In order to do that, I need to take responsibility for my own decisions. For once, I decided that my own health takes precedence over any other area of my life. I needed to be healthy and motivated again, to be able to face the obstacles that life throws at me.

It was a very turbulent period, and I felt so lost. I felt that I really needed to shush the noise in my head, and to think calmly. The only thing is, I didn’t know how to. Over the years, I have lost the ability to listen and connect with myself.

It was during this time when I thought of doing yoga again. As Master Sree said before, many people come to yoga because they have problems in their lives. Haha, how true is that.

So why taking up the YTT instead of just going for yoga classes? Well, it is really to hold myself accountable. I truly wanted this to be different from my previous times. I wanted to commit to my practice this time round, as part of my self healing journey.

In addition, I wanted to learn more about yoga, not just the physical aspects of it. I felt that I wanted to enhance my practice, by understanding the meaning of yoga and not see it as just a workout.

I wanted to learn how to detach from my emotions, because I tend to allow them to overwhelm me. As a result, I react in ways which I often regret. I somehow felt that yoga would help me find my ‘zen’.

Lastly, I wanted to conquer my fears. I wanted to stop fearing failures and criticism. I wanted to learn to stop comparing myself with others, or even, the person I was a few years ago.

I am happy to say that after less than a month of classes, I already feel transformed mentally. I am calmer and more peaceful, and I have learnt to slow down and listen to my inner voice. 

Increasingly, I am beginning to realise that actually, I don’t have to think so much about what happened in the past and why I am here. Perhaps, let me just enjoy my breath and go with the flow of life 🙂

Why I follow a Sattvic food diet

Have you noticed the impact food has on your mind and body? If you notice carefully, what you put in your body has a tremendous effect on how your body and mind function. I am not only talking about the obvious physical effects such as bloating, gas, indigestion, acid reflux etc. but also of other subtler aspects.

Let us first familiarise ourselves with the 3 types of diets according to Ayurveda.

Tamasic food is any food that bring lethargy or inertia to the body.

A few examples of Tamasic food:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Coffee
  3. Tea
  4. Fizzy drinks

Rajasic food; Rajas is related to activity. Rajasic foods heighten the five senses and empower feelings of sexuality, greed, jealousy, anger, delusion.

A few examples of Rajasic food:

  1. Hot spices
  2. Spicy herbs
  3. Meat
  4. Onion
  5. Garlic

Sattvic food is anything that is grown under sunlight. These foods bring energy and lightness into the body and mind, they keep lethargy at bay. They are digested easily and are extremely nourishing to the body. They bring balance and harmony into the system. Sattvic foods reduce your sleep quota and make you more productive.

A few examples of Sattvic food:

  1. Most fresh fruits and vegetables (organic and seasonal)
  2. Most grains
  3. Millet
  4. Legumes
  5. Nuts
  6. Ghee (clarified butter)
  7. Buttermilk

Foods to avoid while following a Sattvic diet:

  1. Meat
  2. Garlic
  3. Onion
  4. Chilli
  5. Yogurt

Following a Sattvic diet has brought about tremendous changes in my life. I sleep less, about 5-6 hours a night versus the compulsory 8 hours I used to sleep earlier. I feel little to no lethargy, I am always full of energy and have a better command over my emotions. Overall, I have a better command over my day 🙏