Inversions, poses that turn the body upside-down, practiced regularly and safely help to restore the nervous system. Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), otherwise known as the mother of all poses, has an incredible nourishing effect on both the circulatory and glandular systems in the body. While extending all the limbs upward, the action of the pose helps flush impurities out of the body and strengthens the immune system. Headstand (Sirsasana) has many of the same benefits as Shoulder Stand as well as being deeply restorative and meditative to the mind. Some variations of headstand help to release tension in the diaphragm, heart, lungs and throat area while toning the legs. There are also modifications of these poses that are suitable for those with neck and/or shoulder challenges.
The Benefits of Practicing Inversions
by Tim Butler