January 31: Inversions (Vol 1: Easy and Restorative)

Need a change in perspective? Turn the world upsidedown.  Gotta love inversions!

Richard Freeman Rocks!

A little bit about myself: In May of 2001 I broke two vertebrae in my cervical spine.  Yoga is one of the secrets to my incredible recovery.  In the last couple of months a discomfort in my body has revealed itself as a potentially pinched nerve (bone spurs from my injury).  In order to heal myself I am taking several months off of any “upper body intensive” asanas.

Understand, I love being upside-down.  Inversions are my mind alteration of choice.

Me at Burning Man 2010.

It has been really hard on me to forgo handstand, crow and all the other lovely arm balances that flip the world on its head.  But no need to fret.  I have a trick up my sleeve.

Asana Practice:

“Viparita Karani” (pronounced vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee), also known as “Legs up the
Wall Pose.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sara-avant-stover/everyday-yoga-5-steps-to_b_126987.html

Sara Avant Stover wrote a lovely piece on this pose in her newsletter. Here it is:

“HOW TO PRACTICE:

1. Sit on the floor with one hip pressed right against the wall.
If you are not on carpeting or a bed, spread a mat or blanket
evenly underneath you.

2. Exhale and, with one smooth movement, swing your legs up
onto the wall and your shoulders and head lightly down onto
the floor.

3. How close your hips are to the wall here will depend upon
how open the muscles are in the backs of your legs. If you are
more flexible, your sitting bones will be close to the wall.

If that feels like a strain, back your hips away from the wall so
that your legs are more than 90 degrees away from your torso.
Keep your legs relatively firm, just enough to hold them
vertically in place.

4. Rest your arms slightly away from your side, palms up. Close
your eyes, cast your gaze downwards toward your heart.
Breathe smoothly and evenly through your nostrils. Let your
belly expand and contract with the breath.

5. To come out, bend your legs, press your feet into the wall,
and roll to one side. Rest there for a few moments before
using your hands to press back up to a seated position.
Enjoy!

Try this effective respite in the midst of your work day (after
lunch is a good time), after traveling, or when laying on your
bed before you go to sleep at night. All you need is 5 minutes–
but if you have 10 or 15, that’s even better!”

Sara is the founder of The Way of the Happy Woman.  I adore her newsletter.  Check it out at: www.TheWayoftheHappyWoman.com.  She teaches about meditation, yoga and does a program called Life Balance for Women.

Look for more Inversion Blog entries in the “Inversion” category.

Please offer any feedback. I’d love to receive questions or requests regarding the content of my blog.

Blessings,

Katie

This entry was posted in 365 Yoga Study, Inversions and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to January 31: Inversions (Vol 1: Easy and Restorative)

  1. Ashley Grace says:

    Hello.This post was really remarkable, particularly because I was searching for thoughts on this matter last couple of days.

  2. Please, keep up the awesome work and continue to post topics like this. I am really fan of your site.

  3. Algarve Golf says:

    When I found your blog was like wow. Thank you for putting your effort in making this post.

  4. I admire your website , it has of lot of information. You just got a perennial visitor of this site.

  5. I would like to thank you for the endeavors you have made in composing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your fanciful writing abilities has inspired me to start my own blog now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine instance of it.

  6. Igre Online says:

    Interesting post, thanks! Can you explain the third paragraph in more detail?

  7. Great post, thanks! I really love it!

  8. Thank You for the greet page, I loved reading it!

  9. admin says:

    I know a few, what are you looking for?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>