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Turn Your Frown Upside Down On A Caribbean Yoga Retreat

Turn Your Frown Upside Down

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OK so you actually have to be on a yoga retreat to practice yoga and enjoy the benefits in your daily life.

Did you know a couple of minutes spent upside down every day can have a hugely positive impact on your health?

It is an ancient yoga tradition but don’t let that put you off. Inverting can be achieved easily by anybody and doesn’t need to involve any contortion or athletics. The benefits are immediate and it can be a really enjoyable practice.

Inverting literally just means taking your legs higher than your heart. My favourite way to get there is to lie with my legs up a wall, for those feeling more athletic it could be a headstand or a handstand.

So what are the benefits of yoga inversions?

  1. Your blood flows freely back towards your heart meaning your heart doesn’t have to work so hard to pump the blood back. This is good because it clears the blood vessels and allows the heart to rest and repair.
  2. For the reasons above inverting can be great to prevent or help lessen the impact of varicose veins.
  3. Increased blood flow to the head nourishes the brain cells and some say it can help reduce hair loss (although this is debatable)
  4. If done with slow deep breathing it induces in your body a lovely relaxed state, literally calming your nervous system.
  5. It can help reduce swollen ankles (this works amazingly for pregnant ladies)

There are lots more reasons but I hope you won’t need any more than that to convince you to give it a go.

How to get into my favourite inversion.

Important Note – Anybody with high blood pressure that isn’t controlled should avoid this practice unless under the guidance of a teacher.

Step one – sit on the floor, side ways on and as close to a wall as possible

Step two – slowly turn your body so you can take your legs up the wall and your head to the floor. (This should leave you with your bum tucked in close to the wall).

Step three – if you have a cushion or blanket nearby place it under the hips so they are gently raised off the floor.

Step four – close your eyes, deepen your breath and relax for a couple of minutes or as long as its comfortable.

If you are not able to easily get to the floor you can practice this is bed by elevating the feet on some cushions at the foot of the bed.

Id love to hear whether you enjoy this practice as much as us. You can contact us on our social media here

Enjoy xx