“Euphoria” and “excitement” may not be two words one associates with the practice of yoga, but this exercise will have you thinking otherwise. Inversions are a fun way to incorporate change into your yoga routines. Even when we don’t realize it, our bodies search for strength and overall healing and metaphorically we need to turn things on their heads from time to time to get fresh perspective. Literally, to relieve our bodies of stress, inversions allow our bodies to heal as the blood flows in the opposite direction.
In a broader sense, mixing things up or executing projects in a way one isn’t accustomed to can also be refreshing. In my everyday life, this means I tend not to order the same thing in a restaurant; I love traveling to new places as often as I can; and I love the constant challenge of farming grapes and making wine. Each vintage is a new and different—it is critical that we continue to explore ways to make better and more interesting wines. And it is critical to remain in the moment and be willing to shake things up.
The next time you feel the urge to mix up your routine, incorporating inversions- yoga or not- can be a helpful way to rejuvenate a tired body and mind in a healthy way.