I love inversions.
Sure they look cool, and require a certain degree of physical prowess. They tend to get the most Facebook accolades when you post them on the interwebs. But that’s missing the point entirely.
I love them because they’re a game changer.
They make you look at things from a different angle. They encourage you to use muscles you wouldn’t normally use. They turn your physical world upside down. Inversions give your feet a chance to rest while your brain gets to refresh. Get that grey matter closer to green earth and experience just how clear your mind can get.
It’s as though the mind is a snow globe. Things are feeling flat, sad, and stagnant? Turn that globe upside down and watch the snow begin to fall.
Inversions physically place the heart above the head. If that’s not a metaphor for the idea of leading with the heart, I don’t know what is. It’s also applicable to everyday problem solving. Got an issue you’ve been dealing with for a while? Got a brain buster stumping you? Stuck in a rut?
Flip that sh*t on its head and see what happens.
I wish life’s problems were solved that easily all the time; just look at it from a different angle, stay positive, do your best while smiling. Practice yoga and all is coming.
But sadly, we all know that realistically, that’s not always the case. Far from it.
Life will turn things upside down when you least expect it. Life will kick you in the teeth, punch you in the gut, and pull your hair. Life can fight dirty sometimes. By practicing the flip, by practicing the "upside down" or the unfamiliar point of view, we physically prepare ourselves for the inevitable upside down moments of life.
So get that heart above the head. Put hands to the ground, hips or feet up to the sky. Heck, just fold forward and you’re already upside down.
Snow globe that brain of yours and watch the snow fall. Flip it. Flip it good.
Written By: JELAYNA DA SILVA
Jelayna is a well certified, passionate yoga teacher and writer living in downtown Toronto. Her love for yoga takes her across the GTA to teach at several studios and to multiple clients. With a background in Psychology and College Athletics she infuses her classes and writing with mental and physical awareness, not to mention a healthy sense of humor. Whether leading at a large outdoor events, in a classroom, or in the home of a client her philosophy for teaching is simple - teach with love, empathy, patience and humility. Yoga is a journey, not a destination.