Yoga with Melissa 131 Beginner Yoga: Inversions

by Melissa West on June 5, 2012

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Inversions


Yoga-Class-on-InversionsThis week we are practicing inversions. Specifically we are going to do a beginner inversion called Shoulderstand. Inverted Poses should be avoided by people with high blood pressure, eye or ear problems & women who are menstruating. Stop or modify the pose if you feel compression in your neck or pressure in your face, throat or eyes. We will focus on breathing our bellies back to our spine and feeling the stability in our legs and their connection to the ground so that when they do go upside down they are strong and controlled. Here is where the principle of using “preparatory poses” like we did back in episode 129 really paves the way for inversions – we will do poses to open up your chest and shoulders and prepare your legs and breathing to go upside down so there is nothing to worry about.

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Supported Fish Pose or Salamba Matsyasana, Neck and shoulder release, Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Supta Padangusthasana or Hand to Big Toe Pose, Dead Bug or Ananda Balasana, Puppy Pose or Uttana Shishosana, Thread the needle or Revolved Cat’s Pose, Parsvottanasana or Standing Forward Folding Triangle, Cow’s Face Arms or Gomukasana Arms, Eagles Arms or Garudasana Arms, Legs up the Wall or Viparita Karini, Shoulder Stand or Sarvangasana, Fish Pose or Matsyasana, Knee Down Twist or Supta Matsyasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

Props Needed: 2 blocks, yoga strap

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