Inverted Asanas

There are whole host of asanas. They are generally categorized on the basis of the position taken while practicing the asana. Inverted Asanas are one categorization of the asanas.

An inverted asana is any pose where the heart is kept below the legs or lower abdominal area.

Benefits of Inverted Asanas

  • Inverted Asanas revitalize the whole system and maintain harmonization of the body
  • In inverted asanas, the course of gravitational force comes to the head. This stimulates the blood, oxygen and glucose supply towards the brain.
  • These asanas help the brain to create more dopamine and serotonin. Depressed people are deficient in these neurotransmitters and this is one way to help the body produce more of them naturally.
  • Inverted postures are an excellent remedy for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
  • Inverted postures stamp out different toxic substances from the body.
  • These asanas perk up the metabolism and invigorate the pituitary gland, lungs, and the kidneys.
  • Inverted poses improve the quality of meditation and concentration.
  • Shoulder stand is especially beneficial after a stressful day because they, quiet an over-stimulated mind.
  • Sarvangasana brings the blood pressure down, that is why it is helpful for high blood pressure.

Inverted Postures

  • Shirshasana
  • Sarvangansana
  • Ardha Adho Mukha Vrksasana
    Viparita Vrksasana
    Ardha Pincha Mayurasana
    Ardha Sirsasana
  • Salamba Sarvangasana
  • Halasana (Plough pose)

NOTE-Do not practice any inverted asana during menstruation, the later stages of pregnancy, if you have a condition which causes gas or fermentation in the intestines or if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure.