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  1. TriGirl
    April 7, 2014

    Inversion aversion! Yup. That’s me. I’ll do down-dog and dolphin, but I’m terrified of being upside down and even more so of falling and hurting my neck. Thank you for your wise words, as always :) You hear that yoga is not a competitive sport, but sometimes it still feels that way.
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    • Christine Yu
      April 9, 2014

      Yes! I used to be terrified of hurting my neck. Yoga definitely feels competitive more often than it should but there is no need at all to rush to do inversions if you don’t feel comfortable. If and when you do, it will happen but until then, it’s so much smarted to spend time honing your downward facing dog and dolphin pose and getting stronger there.

  2. Elle
    April 7, 2014

    I do downward dog but have never attempted a headstand. I sometimes feel that my head is getting very full when I stand in a fold or do downward dog for a few minutes.
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    • Christine Yu
      April 9, 2014

      I know that feeling too! While I think that there are great benefits to inversions, I don’t think that there is an absolute need to do them.
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  3. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    April 7, 2014

    I love inversions, even though I don’t feel strong enough for hand- or shoulder stands. A headstand refreshes me and I love legs up the wall. I even use it at the end of the stretch class I teach.
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  4. Alison
    April 7, 2014

    Inversions is NOT my favorite thing. I have only ever successfully done one head stand properly, and have since been, well, adverse.

    After the twins are born, I promise to give inversions another go. :)
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  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    April 7, 2014

    Inversions of the handstand variety have always been my nemesis. It’s taken some time but I’m getting more comfortable about being upside down. I’ve still got a ways to go before I’ll do one without a wall or a spotter. Thanks for the good reasons why to do inversions. Very cool info!
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  6. Allie
    April 7, 2014

    I LOVE inversions. Maybe it’s because I was a gymnast for 10 years but I remember how excited I was when I found out we could do headstands in yoga! They are absolutely my favorites and I’m in need of being upside-down these days for sure!!
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  7. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    April 7, 2014

    I love inversions! They are such a powerful tool in your practice.
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  8. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    April 7, 2014

    I love this question! I didn’t know all of the benefits… the lymphatic system fascinates me. That came up in my health training too- how many of us are clogged and the affects it can cause. Someday I’ll work on these again!
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  9. Coco
    April 7, 2014

    I am in awe of people who can do inversions. The half versions feel good to me but I haven’t had the patience to work up to full poses. Plus I think it is something that would go much better with a well-trained instructor. ;-)
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  10. —->CARLA
    April 7, 2014

    OH
    I focus a LOT LOT LOT on harnessing the power of number eight.
    Quite frankly I had no idea about number one.
    and my heart needs a break :-)
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  11. Linz @ Itz Linz
    April 7, 2014

    i love inversions! plus the fact they look awesome and are fun to bust out anywhere! haha
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  12. Pamela Hernandez
    April 7, 2014

    Legs Up the Wall gets me ready for bed. It really does relax me.
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  13. lindsay Cotter
    April 7, 2014

    okay question, do you think it would help with sinus pressure? i keep telling james to try these. ??
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    • Christine Yu
      April 7, 2014

      Some people say yes – that the reverse pressure helps unclog things i.e sinuses, mucus, fluid in the lungs, etc. but I don’t know if there’s any real scientific proof. I mean, makes sense logically to me. I can ask my teacher and get back to you.
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  14. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie
    April 7, 2014

    What a great post! I’ve heard great things about inversions but unfortunately don’t have the strength to be able to do it. Maybe I can just lay backwards on a couch? haha

  15. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    April 7, 2014

    I had never thought about the heart benefits of inversions! SO COOL! you learn something new every day! Thanks girlie!
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  16. Brittany@ Delights and Delectables
    April 7, 2014

    I need you to teach me!!!
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  17. Katie
    April 7, 2014

    I never realized all the benefits of inversions. As a former gymnast, I just knew they looked really pretty in a floor routine but who knew I was getting so much benefit from them.
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  18. Tamara
    April 7, 2014

    I’ve never tried an inversion! I am totally fascinated by all of the health benefits, though, especially giving your heart a break.
    And I always love a new perspective. If only I could learn to take photos while doing an inversion.
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  19. Sarah @ Run Shop Eat Repeat
    April 7, 2014

    I was working on my crow this weekend! I’m very new to inversions, but enjoy practicing them! Very interesting article, I had no idea about all of the health benefits!
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  20. misszippy
    April 7, 2014

    You make a really great case, here! I am such a chicken with inversions (although now I am excited to hear I can count down dog! ). Some day, maybe I’ll try…
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  21. Michelle
    April 7, 2014

    That was the BEST explanation of why we need to do inversions. EVER! A friend of mine takes yoga a studio near by. I think I’ll have to buy myself a monthly pass. I need to get upside-down again.

  22. Cassie
    April 7, 2014

    I just went to a yoga inversion workshop yesterday… I loved it and I’m so excited for class tonight to give them a try!!
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  23. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    April 7, 2014

    Great post Christine! I often wondered about the benefits of inversions. It is less obvious to me than other poses in class. Thanks for sharing!
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  24. AmyC
    April 7, 2014

    Love the last pic of your strength!
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  25. Kierston
    April 7, 2014

    Okay, I must take a hot yoga class. I haven’t been in a long while but I’ve been craving it!
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  26. Sandra Laflamme
    April 7, 2014

    Thanks for all of the great info about inversions. I am definitely at the stage of having an aversion to inversions. I love the idea of giving your heart a break!.

  27. Lauren
    April 9, 2014

    Yes! I’ve finally gotten to the point where I feel very stable in headstands and can hold it for several good breaths. I’m working on forearm stand – would love a tutorial on tips to help!
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    • Christine Yu
      April 21, 2014

      That’s great Lauren! And thanks for the suggestion on a forearm stand tutorial.
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  28. Jody – Fit at 56
    April 10, 2014

    I wish you were in CA! :)
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  29. Becky@TheSavedRunner
    April 17, 2014

    I love your knowledge of yoga! It is really something I want to improve on! Yoga that is.

  30. Heather @ FITaspire
    October 30, 2014

    I always think inversions look beautiful, but I don’t practice enough to have attempted them myself. I had no idea there were so many benefits!
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