Yoga Inversion Swing
On day 16 of our 30 day challenge I show you how to use an inversion swing. In this video I talk about two main reasons why you would want to use a yoga sling or a yoga trapeze is a much safer way to do yoga inversions. Inversions like headstand and shoulderstand can be quite dangerous for your cervical spine. If you have had an injury in your neck it is best to avoid weight bearing inversions in which case, hanging in a yoga inversion swing can be a safe alternative.
I also talk about how beneficial aerial yoga hammocks or inversion swing yoga can be for back pain. When you hang upside down in the inversion swing you can decompress your spine. This can provide relief from sciatica, disc compression, and muscle pain and tightness. Through the video I talk about the benefits of yoga inversions, and the contraindications of inversions or why you would want to avoid yoga inversions. I also show you step by step, how to hang upside down in a yoga swing.
So why would you want to use an inversion swing? I have 2 main reasons for you today
#1 A Safer Way to do Inversions: Headstand and Shoulderstand Can be Dangerous
First of all, many yoga inversions can be quite dangerous. Headstand, with all the weight bearing through the cervical spine, places too much potential compression in the cervical spine in my opinion. Shoulderstand and plow also put too much of the body’s weight in the spinal column and their is a huge risk of straining and injuring the neck in that position as well. If you have any kind of neck injury it is best to avoid headstand and shoulderstand.
Benefits of Inversions: Inversions will benefit four major systems in your body, your cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine system. When you go upside down, gravity reverses the flow of blood encouraging all the stale blood from your extremities to get a fresh exchange from your heart. Your lymphatic system is a key part of your immune system and when you go upside down you stimulate your lymphatic system and boost your immune system. Inversions may affect the movement of cerebrospinal fluid – the fluid of the central nervous system which flows from your brain to your spinal cord. Inversions also stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands (and many others) of the endocrine system – which is recommended for women in perimenopause and menopause.
#2 Relieve Back Pain
Inversion swings are a safe way to relieve back pain. A lot of time back pain is caused by sitting all day at a desk job or a driving job or standing all day. In both of these cases, gravity is exerting its force on your body all day. Sciatica is caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back or a breakdown of the discs in the lower back, which causes the nerves of the spinal cord to become compressed and trapped between the vertebrae. That is how you get the nerve pain down your leg.
When you hang upside down in the inversion swing you can decompress your spine. This can provide relief from sciatica, disc compression, and muscle pain and tightness.
You Still Should Not go Upside Down, Even in a Swing if You Have/Are:
High blood Pressure: inversions increase your blood pressure putting you at risk of a stroke, check with your doctor before you start practicing any kind of inversions.
Glaucoma: with glaucoma, pressure builds around the eyes, impairing vision, any kinds of inversions will increase that pressure, supported or otherwise.
Are Menstruating: going upside down reverses the natural downward flow of the menses, please do not invert when you are menstruating.
How do you go upside down in a Yoga Inversion Swing?
Sit on the yoga inversion swing. Make sure the base is around your hips. Hold onto the mid length handles. Lean back. Wrap your legs around the outside of the swing and then hook your feet. Walk your hands down to the lower handles. When you are sure you are secure you can hang upside down. Come out slowly.
I would only recommend this swing for able-bodied, strong, flexible, people. I suspect inversion tables would be a lot safer for elderly people with joint issues and injuries.
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