Headstands, in particular, can increase stamina and upper body strength as well as improve circulation. If you’re not ready for headstand or handstand, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the health advantages of inverted poses. Restorative inversions such as the legs up the wall pose can also reverse the natural flow of blood and metabolic waste throughout the body. In fact, the longer an inversion is held, the more effectively waste can be released back into the bloodstream for elimination.
There are some reasons you may need to avoid inversions. Namely, do not perform inversions if you are pregnant, have neck pain, high or low blood pressure, neck injuries, and/or are menstruating.
Several well-known inverted postures are handstand, headstand, plow, scorpion, and shoulderstand. Some of these poses are advanced and should only be attempted with supervision after developing core strength over an extended period of practice.
Inversions are documented to have physiological benefits for the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine systems. So don’t worry, put your feet up and change your outlook.
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