Inverted Yoga Pose Basics

11323267784_yogacobrapose.jpgSome 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.
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Types of Yoga Poses For Beginners

Have you ever been to a gym? Silly question right? Of course you have. Being observant you’ll have undoubtedly also noticed that there are different pieces of equipment. While all of them are there to help keep you stay or get fit, they each serve a different purpose. One may work your abdominal muscles while another is designed to work your upper body. It’s the same principle with beginner’s yoga poses. Easy Yoga Pose Review

Easy yoga pose or the Sukhasana is a basic yoga pose that involves sitting in the standard cross-legged position. This pose is also known as the Swastikasana by the nomenclature followed by the Iyengar School of yoga. The Easy yoga pose is relatively easier to achieve when compared with similar poses like Padmasana and hence is preferred by many people who suffer with physical limitations.

Doing the Yoga Pigeon Pose

There’s no need to be shy; it’s not only the advancement of years that can cause stiffness and pain in the hips. The mere fact that we walk upright places a lot of pressure on the hip joints and this is exacerbated by activities such as running and cycling. Add that to the reality that a lot of people have jobs which require them to be seated and immobile for long periods of time and you can begin to see the scale of the problem. This can lead to anything from the occasional twinge to the full fledged deterioration of the joint. Hip opening poses are therefore in high demand and should be an integral part of any exercise routine. One of the best is the yoga pigeon pose.

Advanced Yoga Poses

Regular practice of yoga strengthens the body and the mind. There are some poses in yoga which should be practiced only after one has mastered the easy yoga asanas, that is, if one has a good hold on all the arm balances, inverted poses and backward bends, it is time to move on to the next level of poses which are called advanced yoga poses. A yoga practitioner should master the basic and intermediate yoga positions before moving on to the advanced ones.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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