I have had such a good day so far and I am wishing you a magical Wednesday as well! Today I thought that I would give you five tips for improving your inversions. Inversions, especially if you are new to yoga, can seem quite intimidating but with a little bit of playtime, a lot of strength building and having the courage to give them a go they are a fun element to bring into your yoga practice. Plus they are humbling. I'm currently working on scorpion pose myself and I'm enjoying the journey, I'm documenting it on Instagram if you want to follow along!
5 Tips for Improving your Inversions
Warm up - Make sure than your have opened up the body and have warmed up properly. Focus on opening up your hamstrings, hips, finding strength in the shoulders and warming up the wrists. Being fully warmed up not only makes things easier when you are playing with inversions but it will help to protect the body for injury.
Core, core, core - Core is key when it comes to a lot of arm balances and inversions so work it! Boat pose and variations are great for building core strength, as are side planks. Try adding this quick 10 minute yoga for core strength video into your practice.
Visualise - I am a big believer in visualisation, as the mind can be so powerful. If you can picture yourself doing something, say a handstand, staying strong and rocking your version of the pose it allows you to move from a place of 'Yes I can!' which is a positive space. Rather from a negative mindset where the fear can creep in. Stay positive, believe in yourself. Take a moment before moving into an inversion to still the mind and visualise yourself in that pose. Trust me, it really does help!
Be present - If there is one thing that inversions teach us it is about staying in the present moment. If your mind wanders and you find yourself thinking about what you are having for dinner - bam, you'll fall out of the pose. Focus on the present and stay with your breath. Remember to breathe and keep the energy flowing throughout the body.
Learn to let it go - If a pose doesn't happen, let it go. I know it's often easier said than done when you really want to get into a pose but trust me, it's the journey that matters. Stay easy in your body, drop the stress and enjoy the ride. These fancy poses are just things that we find along our way!
I hope that my tips were helpful. Please do share if you have any tips of your own to add to the list in the comments below!