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3 Tips For Successful Inverted Poses

For many people new to yoga, inverted poses can be difficult to master. Not only do they require strength and balance, but it also takes a bit of courage to flip yourself over and balance on your head, hands, or upper back. It is important to recognize your hesitance regarding inverted poses and to create a plan to work up to the poses that you want to master. Here are three tips to make inverted poses easier. 

Work Up To Each Pose 

While each yoga pose has unique physical benefits, it is often the process of getting into a pose and building your strength, awareness, and confidence that you will most benefit from. Instead of simply throwing yourself into new inverted poses, you should ask your instructor for a series that you can practice to build up to the poses you want to achieve. Your instructor may give you a series of poses to practice at home and they will also likely offer a few ways to modify poses during your class, such as using a partner or a wall for added security or staying in dolphin pose while your classmates rest in a handstand. 

Increase Flexibility 

The success of sustaining inverted poses depends heavily on your balance and upper body strength. However, getting into and out of inverted poses can be made easier if you concentrate on increasing your flexibility, especially in your hamstrings. With greater flexibility, you can ease yourself into poses instead of hopping or jumping from one position into your inverted pose. This can make it easier for you to adjust your balance and concentrate on slow, controlled movements. 

Develop Deeper Understanding of Your Muscular and Skeletal Structure 

While strength is important, understanding how your skeletal structure supports your muscular system can allow you to make adjustments in your posture that will take away some of the strain that you may feel in inverted poses. This will allow you to relax into a pose and maintain it for a longer period of time than you would be able to if you depend solely on your strength to achieve the pose. Consider studying basic anatomy outside of class and paying attention to the way postural changes affect other poses in order to apply the information to your inverted poses. 

If you feel ready to try inverted poses but are not sure exactly how to add them into your practice, consult with your instructor for some hints and tips. If you’d like to find out more about various body strengthening techniques, visit a variety of disciplines, including schools like Olson’s Martial Arts Academy.