This article about the Yoga Inversions or Inverted Postures first appeared in Australian Yoga LIFE magazine issue 45, in December 2013, and is reproduced here by kind permission of AYL.
Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) and headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) are troublesome for many. The good news is that by going through targeted preparation, and improving our technique, these postures can be made much easier to do and even be comfortable!
So, what does it take, bio-mechanically, to achieve these postures effortlessly, and without strain?
Flo Fenton is a senior yoga teacher and registered yoga therapist, based in Byron Bay NSW Australia. She is a major and consistent contributor to Australian Yoga Life Magazine. Flo's focus is on finding our natural ease within the postures, and on cultivating an ever deepening awareness of the relationship between the body, the breath, and our state of mind. 'Paring back' each pose and starting always from a point of full awareness of the essential foundation of each posture, we build awareness of where we can remain with comfort in each pose, through the medium of graceful, flowing sequences in synchrony with the breath. Her style is both meditative and enlivening, balancing the active and the passive sides of our nature. As we focus within, developing the capacity to witness ourselves, the sessions themselves become a form of Yoga Therapy, which flows out into our lives beyond the class-room.