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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.

Gain a new perspective, look at things upside down, world is different when hanging upside down. Physically and metaphorically it teaches us that there is always a different perspective to look at things/situations/persons/problems

 

Love and Light always

Neelam

Becoming

“Becoming”

Former first lady Michelle Obama just published her book “Becoming” and I happen to watch one of the quick teasers about her conversation with my idol Oprah. Oprah asked the former first lady why she chose the word “Becoming”  as the title of her book. Her answer or should I say her words resonated with me so much that I had to write them down. We should strive to constantly evolve, constantly grow, constantly be better than what we were yesterday, and in that way we are constantly “becoming” a better versions of ourselves.

My last post was about being thankful and being in the present and enjoy the feeling of happiness and contentment that courses through your body. Today I invite you to experience a different outlook. Looking into our past and events gone by may not be a very welcome, however I feel reflecting on our past, our journey, obstacles we faced, and acknowledging where we are today provides an immense amount of  strength that brings on a very superhero kind of a feeling.

Celebrate your achievements, celebrate your journey

Celebrate your life

I was at PSO competition in Philadelphia supporting our students as well as my dear friends. Once the competition was over for my friends we were in a celebratory mode at night and wine is our go to celebration drink. We got to discussing our near past and then of course our past like way past past. My friend had no idea how far I had come in my journey and honestly that was the first time I had voiced my journey to her and to myself. I could see pride in her eyes for me and that made me feel so special. Even as I write this I feel  a bit embarrassed, as if I am bragging, but I do believe we all have the right to feel pride. Pride in our achievements, overcoming obstacles, fears, judgments, and challenges is important. Many of you have overcome obstacles, challenges and only known to you fears in our classes, for that I am proud of you and so should you. If it was not a very guards down candid conversation with my friend I would not have had this revelation, I absolutely had to share it with each of you.

“Remember how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” ~Rick Warren

 I urge you to take a walk by yourself, acknowledge your past and see your present. Be mindful of where you have been and how far you have come. When we truly spend time with ourselves and speak to our deeper selves, a self that knows the hurt, the challenges all too well and has seen defeat, that self also needs to see accomplishments, recognize and thrive in all the achievements. Do not deny the feeling of pride in yourself to yourself. Appreciate your journey, revel in your strength, in your bravery, know how wonderfully special you are. Celebrate your progress, let your superpowers shine, it is wonderful to be “present” but for an equal measure, honor yourself and your past and how far you have come. You are amazing!!

Moral of the story, you do not need wine to celebrate your accomplishments :).
Be A Goddess

 

“The more you praise and celebrate your life the more there is in life to celebrate.” ~ Oprah Winfery

Love and Light Always
Neelam Kataria

How Aerial Yoga Can Help Professional Athletes

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How Aerial Yoga Can Help Professional Athletes

Whether for increased stamina or flexibility, yoga is one of the best workouts to complement your fitness regime. It also incorporates the tenets of mindfulness meditation, and its benefits were previously discussed here on Aradia Fitness.

What’s also good about yoga is that it comes in many different forms. There’s Hatha, which requires holding poses longer; Bikram, which is practiced in a 40 °C heated room; and Vinyasa, the traditional pace of yoga which features a series of asana movements.

There’s also another type that’s unlike the rest though – aerial yoga, and it requires you to be suspended via a hammock. It combines some principles of Pilates in its movements too, which makes it more challenging. Also known as anti-gravity yoga, this type of exercise can be invaluable to professional athletes.

 

Traditional yoga poses with silk hammocks

Aerial Yoga class to improve flexibility

 

 

Proper core engagement for a stronger back

Shape chatted with aerial yoga studio owner Lindsey Duggan, who explained that the workout seems to be one of the best abdominal workouts around. “A benefit of taking your routine off the ground is that you lose your point of stability; you’ll start to engage your core immediately without even realizing it,” Duggan explains.

Aerial yoga also incorporates different inversions, which aid in maintaining spine health. Not only that, as two to five minutes of doing inverted poses like hand stands regularly can also improve heart and lung function. They’re also effective in strengthening the immune system and inducing good mood.

Watch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgTWkvqwiZk

Needless to say, having a strong core is especially important for athletes. It’s the central group of muscles found in your abdomen, which allows you to be physically strong. However, not everyone knows how to activate this muscle group. Sometimes in lifting weights for instance, you might be using your back muscles instead. This compromises the back because it absorbs most of the impact of the activity.

NBA player LeBron James has been very open about how yoga has helped him on his athletic journey. He even went so far as to say it helped solve his back problems. Aerial yoga can help in relieving this tension further through gravity. Cure Joy points out that gravity strengthens your bones, which is great for preventing osteoporosis.

Simply put, properly engaging and exercising the core can help protect your back. This could mean less back pain and similar problems, which may be due to mistakes in form or execution during workouts. Aerial yoga may be low-impact on joints, but it certainly packs a punch to your core.

 

Shavasna

Aerial Yoga

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Aerial Yoga for athletes

Improved mental agility for focus and better mood

Aerial yoga automatically triggers alertness, because it’s not natural for anyone to be suspended in the air. This makes you focus on your surroundings more. The adrenaline rush does wonders to your brain’s mental agility, heightening your awareness and attention during class. In some ways, you could call aerial yoga a fun moving meditation.

Health Fitness Revolution explains that aerial yoga can help rebuild your emotional system by clearing the mind and relieving stress. This is all thanks to the meditative state the exercises puts you in, not to mention the fun it can bring. It can help lower stress levels and boost your mood, perfect for moments when you’re preparing for a big sports match.

British tennis player Johanna Konta reportedly uses yoga to help her meditate. Konta was identified by Coral as one of the top female athletes in the world, and she’s frequently facing the pressure of large scale tournaments. It’s a serious challenge that athletes undergo, so it’s important to engage in activities that can help lower stress. This is where aerial yoga can contribute substantially. A sound mind equates to continuity in terms of performance, especially in pursuits like tennis which require intensive focus.

Of course, that doesn’t just spell good news for yourself, as it’s better for team sports as well. You’ll be able to concentrate on strategies and give your best performance in every game.

 

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