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Benefits of inverted yoga poses

When we think of inverted poses, we tend to think of poses such as the Sirsasana (headstand) and Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). These are often described as the “King and Queen of poses”; thus defining their importance in practising yoga.

What is an inverted pose?

An inverted pose – or inversion - is a pose in which the head is lower than the heart. Given this definition, there are in fact a number of yoga poses that can be classed as inversions; some of which are more easily achieved than the poses mentioned above.


Here is a list of some inverted poses:
Viparita karani - Legs up the wallArdho mukha svanasana - Downward facing dogSasankasana - Hare posePrasaritta padottanasana A,B, C, DOther inversions (not usually for beginners) include:
Halasana - Plough pose.Karnapidasana - Ear pressure poseUrdhva padmasana - Inverted lotus poseUrdhva dandasana - Upward staff poseAdho mukha vrkasana - Full arm balancePincha mayurasana - Elbow balanceInverted poses are said to have many benefits on the bo…