General Benefits of the Yoga Asanas – Inversions

Inversions can be heated and cooling, as well as calming. They stimulate blood flow to the brain and trunk. They warm the body, improve brain and body health, soothe the nerves, release toxins, and increase the energy. Memory is improved. Thinking ability and clarity increase. Inversions are believed to increase youthfulness and keep aging at bay.

Inversions can heal a wide variety of ailments. Blood flow is increased to the endocrine glands, encouraging them to absorb more nutrients and secrete hormones to keep things more balanced. Blood flow is also increased to the pineal and pituitary which improves growth, health and vitality. Some inversions increase blood flow around neck and chest which can help with lung and throat ailments. Lungs are made more resistant to infection. Colds and sinus problems are helped to heal. Headaches are soothed and fatigue is reduced. Sleeplessness and insomnia are overcome. The hemoglobin blood count is improved and anemia is helped. Inversions encourage the bowels to move, relieving constipation. Some inversions help with piles, epilepsy, and hernia. Finally, inversions develop and discipline the mind, body, and spirit creating harmony and happiness.

Examples of inversions include:

  • Salamba Sarvangasana/Supported Shoulder Stand
  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana/Hand Stand
  • Salamba Sirsasana /Supported Head Stand
  • Pincha Mayurasana/Forearm Balance