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Inversion Benefits

There are so many benefits of inversions!!
I came across this very old video of world renowned yogi Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. He was explaining the importance of inversions and how inversion benefits the activities of the brain. I can vouch for the benefits of inversion on a personal level.
Dr. Karen Koffler, medical director of Canyon Ranch Miami and formerly director of Integrative Medicine at Evanston Northwestern Hospital, explains the benefits of these inversions for the brain:
“Inverted positions that are assumed in yoga alter the blood flow (including lymphatic drainage) and flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). If there is increased blood flow to the area, there will be increased bioavailability of oxygen and glucose—the two most important metabolic substrates for the brain. It follows then that cells bathed in a solution that is rich in factors required for the creation of neurotransmitters (like norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin) will be better able to produce these chemicals.”

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I on the other hand have always felt that it is the emotional and psychological journey that makes inversion practice so valuable and enriching. In fact, it is not uncommon to feel immediately uplifted after an inversion. If you listen to the explanation of inversions and how it affects the different sections of the mind the feeling of “uplifted” would make sense. Psychologically, inversions can break down some personal barriers. If you have taken classes with me I often explain how we prison ourselves in fear, and how practicing Aerial Yoga takes you into a deeper journey within, Inversion is one of those activities that makes you more aware of your fears. When we approach this type of practice we realize that it is consistent mindful dedication without ambition, letting go of all that is holding you back, and an open, welcoming attitude toward the teacher and assistance that is the secret to a successful inversion pose. Inversions can also help develop patience, focus, and listening skills. I often cue closing our eyes when in an aerial inversion, to help with focusing and deeper connection with yourself and your body. Closure of eyes I believe shuts out the visual impossibilities and boundaries, our mind enters the body awareness more acutely. And slowly as the awareness of body increases, a level of trust and confidence builds in, and that strength is NOT limited just to aerial inversions, something deeper inside unlocks and your journey within begins.important.
Aerial Yogis are often surprised by how much they can achieve and uncover about themselves, impossible seems more attainable, and a new sense of accomplishment, pride in the capabilities of their mind and body increases, and self confidence grows. Inversion practice in aerial hammocks fully supported are magical on every plane.
Benefits of Inversion for physical body:
Improves circulation of blood by reversing the Flow
Work smarter, not harder! Use gravity to provide the brain with more oxygen and blood, thus improving mental function, including concentration, memory and processing abilities. Inversions in Aerial Hammocks take away the stress from your body and assist in holding inversions for longer.
Increases Immunity
The lymphatic system is a key player in keeping the body healthy. As lymph moves through the body it picks up toxins and bacteria to be eliminated by the lymph nodes. Because lymph moves as a result of muscle contractions and gravity, getting upside-down allows lymph to more easily travel into the respiratory system, where many of the toxins enter the body. Aerial silk provides binds at key points in the body, places where the fluid builds up also on places where we hold our tensions and stresses. The binds help release Lymphatic fluid.

Energized and Relaxed
Different inversions with the assistance of the hammock can have different effects. Heating inversions energize and cooling inversion relax mind body and soul.
Improves Balance and core strength
It is not just about getting legs up in the air, it is about engaging the core to find the balance and hold it.
   When our students achieve their first inversion they know they conquered their fear, their obstacle and that does wonders for their confidence.

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Never dim your light to fit in with others

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you could be”

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These famous words from Maya Angelou always have me thinking. Do you ever catch yourself doing things not because you want to but because you have to? Have you ever stopped to consider why and who took that power of your decision and handed a decision to you? Is there an image that you are trying to portray instead of letting your true colors shine?
I ask these questions of you as I ask these questions from me quite often. It is so easy to be lost and be caught in a hamster wheel of living up to expectations and personas but whose exactly?
I have this thought provoking moment because we have a lap dance class coming up at the studio. We offer these workshops only twice a year. When I was a student much like you all I did not take lap dance classes because “I did not do that” . On my drive to the studio I had a conversation with myself as to “why I did not do that”? The answers were very surprising needless to say I took the workshop and rest is history. What are your reasons for holding yourself back? Take a moment to consider

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Great strength lies in being able to share our challenges. You do not need to be invulnerable or invincible to Be Strong, all you need is the capacity to move through the pain and heal.

Be Strong

BE STRONG has always been my mantra for as long as I can remember.  I am sure I am not alone. What does being strong actually mean?? When I was younger I did not have much understanding of “being strong” and I would mostly shut down emotionally and take care of “business” without realizing the toll it would take later. Just like a coin with two sides being strong has a duality to it, the words above are very motivational, however when you are strong you can feel very left out and alone.
I have since grown to understand that being strong is not the lack of feeling of great despair, or falling to pieces. Being strong is being able to act/function in spite of such feelings. Great strength lies in being able to share our challenges. You do not need to be invulnerable or invincible to Be Strong, all you need is the capacity to move through the pain and heal.
I am honored to provide a space that fosters a great community of strong women or should I say “goddesses”. It is ok to lean on your sisterhood at the studio.

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