Inversion Yoga Poses

Inversion yoga poses are based on the concept known as ‘viparita karani’ (opposite process). Inversion yoga poses include postures in which the feet are above the head.

According to Ayurveda, most of the impurities in our body are present in the lower abdominal area.


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It is believed that when one lifts the feet above the head, then the impurities move towards the ‘agni’ (fire) element in our body for purification. This element ‘agni’ (fire) is said to be located in our digestive system, above the lower abdomen.Inversion yoga poses have a number of benefits; however, it is solely dependent on the individual’s capacity as to how much benefit one can derive. There are a few prerequisites for successfully practicing the inversion yoga poses such as a strong neck and back, capacity to breathe while maintaining posture, and strong abdominal muscles or core strength.


Inversion poses benefits are numerous, and if practiced regularly, you can achieve a healthy state of mind and body. One of the benefits of inversion poses is that it relieves back pain and provides better posture and greater mobility of spine. The pose works in relation with gravity and adjusts the spine to align it gently and also provide traction. The pose also helps boosts brain power by increasing, the blood flow to the brain and thus nourishing the cells with more oxygen. The common benefits to the brain are increase in concentration, memory and awareness.

You could also practice inversion poses as they are known to successfully improve digestion and relieve constipation. The poses are designed to deal with depression as they stimulate the release of neurotransmitters and balance of hormones in the body. Inversion poses are a great way to thwart depression, premenstrual symptoms and mood swings.

Besides all of these benefits the pose also helps in blood purification and is a natural way of detoxification. This also boosts the immunity of the body and leaves one feeling rejuvenated.

Yoga Postures

A few inversion yoga postures are as follows:

  • Headstand: The Head stand is the most basic among the various inversion yoga postures. It benefits the body in numerous ways and is known as the kings of all yoga poses.
  • Forearm Stand (Peacock Feather Pose or Bent Arm Balance) is said to improve balance by strengthening the arms, shoulders, and the back. It also helps build core strength.
  • Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) is a variation of the Headstand or Forearm Stand.
  • Plough Pose (Halasana) is a good pose for relieving stress and stiffness in the lower back and neck. It also helps to align the spine.
  • Shoulder Stand (Saravangasana) benefits the entire body. Apart from strengthening the back and neck muscles, it stimulates the thyroid gland and improves blood circulation.
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