7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Go Upside Down
Ever heard of inversions? Find out what you can benefit from going upside down and why you shouldn’t be afraid to do it!
What are inversions? Well, if you are not familiar with the term, it basically means going upside down. If you’re going to get technical, inversions are any poses that bring your hips above your heart, your heart above your head, and your head below the heart. Inversions aren’t always just headstands, poses like downward dog can also be considered as an inversion pose.
Going upside down can seem a little scary. It looks daunting and dizzying. However, there are a numerous amount of benefits that you can get when doing inversion poses. You will find that once you actually do them, you will feel the difference in your body immediately, which will leave you feeling great. Here are some of the best benefits that inversions will provide you:
It Promotes Healthy Blood Flow
Going upside down means that all blood flow will be reversed in your body. This will help the blood flow increase in all the parts of your body. Your heart works hard to get blood running through your veins, defying gravity and moving it upward to your head and brain. Your brain and heart will very much love the increased blood flow it will be getting when gravity brings all the blood and oxygen to them in an inversion. Your heart will get a break from the hard work and you will be providing both with more blood and oxygen to help them function. And much like turning a water bottle upside down, your body will also get a kick start once you turn right side up again which improve your circulation throughout your veins.
If there are times that you have felt a bit woozy where you see stars or have your vision darken a bit, that means that your brain is not getting enough blood and oxygen. Your heart works extra hard to get blood and oxygen pumping to the very top of your body to your brain. You may experience this wooziness if you get up too fast or if you haven’t had much sleep. A great way to get your blood pumping to your brain is to go upside down. All the blood and oxygen will go with gravity right to your brain and promote its healthy function.
It Detoxifies the Body
The lymphatic system is basically an essential operation of a chain of organs and tissues to rid your body of nasty toxins and carcinogens as well as fight infections and maintain the health of your immune system. Much like blood flow, the lymphatic system relies on pressure to move the lymph fluid through your body. Inversions will help the lymph flow more easily through your body, specifically, to your heart and lungs. This is usually where toxins and mucus are found. When you go upside down, you will stimulate the lymphatic system which will then help flush out the toxins in your body.
It Helps Strengthen the Core and Upper Body
It might already be quite obvious, but inversion poses require a significant amount of strength. All the muscles in your body from top to toe are used to do inversion poses; however, it has a concentration on the upper body and core muscles. This is because you will need to support your weight with your hands and arms while holding your body straight and stiff with your core strength. Without a significant amount of core strength, you’ll find that you will not be able to hold your feet up in the air to do the inversion pose. And arm strength is also very important so you will not put the weight of your body on your head and cause any injuries. As time goes on, you will start to notice that the inversion poses will get easier as you gain some upper body and core strength.
It Stimulates the Nervous System and Promotes Growth and Development
A lot of inversion poses stimulate what is called the pituitary gland. This is your body’s major endocrine gland. You might have seen infomercials and other products that claim to stimulate your pituitary gland, this is because the gland promotes growth and development in your body. This is also why a lot of parents that want their child to grow taller will research ways to stimulate this gland. Along with this, inversions also stimulate the cerebrospinal fluid which is a key part or the “juice” of the central nerve system. Stimulating the nervous system with inversion is a great way to ensure that everything is working properly.
Inversion poses require a lot of strength and concentration. When you are trying to hold yourself in the upside down position, it isn’t hard to focus on that task alone. This promotes better focus and a meditative state of mind. When the brain is on the bottom, all the blood and oxygen will rush to it and help the blood flow throughout the body giving you a refreshed and energized feeling. Nailing that headstand will also give you a lot of confidence and satisfaction that will ultimately make you feel energized right after
It Improves Balance
Obviously, to do any inversion poses, you not only have to have a significant amount of strength but also have incredible balance. Standing upright is quite easy because your body is made to accommodate that with your feet, toes, and overall body structure. Inversions will challenge this and pretty much force you to improve your balance and strengthen your muscles to accommodate the unfamiliar position.
Go Topsy Turvy
Now that you know all the benefits of inversion, doesn’t it just make you want to nail that headstand? Nailing that certain pose might take some time, but with some practice and focus, you will be able to achieve those poses and reap all the benefits. Not only will you be doing your body a favor, you’ll also look cool while doing it.