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Upside Down Poses For A Healthier You

The reverse poses of our usual upright orientation are referred to as inverted or upside down poses.

Some examples of inverted poses are: Downward-facing Dog, Standing Forward Fold, Prasarita Padottanasana, Dolphin, Shoulder Stand, Headstand, and Legs-up-the-wall Pose. Headstand and shoulder stand are referred to as the king and queen of all yoga asanas. Headstand is referred to as the king of all poses, while shoulder stand is referred to as queen of all poses.

The Inverted poses have a number of benefits:

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Sirsasana (Headstand)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Sarvangasana (shoulder stand)

Makarasana (Dolphin Pose)

Viparita Karani-Legs up the wall

Said to reverse the normal downward flow of a precious subtle fluid called amrita (immortal)

Note: People suffering from high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and kidney problems should not practice headstand. Those suffering from neck injuries should seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice headstand. It is advisable for women during menstruation to avoid inversions.

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