Not only are yoga swings great for standard flexibility exercises and muscle strengthening exercises, but one of the main things a yoga swing is used for is to hang up-side-down or an inversion. In yoga the inversion is known as the king of asanas because it is tops when it comes to over-all benefits. A yoga swing inversion is way more advantageous to your spine than a regular mat based inversion because when hanging from a sling your spine is elongating rather than compacting as with an inversion head stand.
Why practice inversion? First off, it’s great for the spine, helping it to decompress through traction. Other benefits include increased blood-flow and circulation; lymphatic drain; blood to brain; improved posture; relieves muscular tension; back release; can alleviate back pain; improves digestion, sleep and breathing; opens energy blockages; accelerates weight loss; reapportions weight; lightens up the body; erases heavy feet; rejuvenating; anti-aging effects; relaxing; de-stressing and anti-depressing.
Learning inversion may look tough at first because it’s something you’ve never done before, but don’t worry. It is actually quite easy with just a couple of steps to get into the upside down position. Once your hips are snug in the sling all you have to do is let go and breath and relax and receive all the benefits. You are now putting money into your health bank. The results are instant and your health benefits accrue over time the more regular you invert. Follow the steps below to start your inversion therapy today:
Make sure that your yoga swing is the right height. The idea place is in line with your hip when you are standing right next to it. Stand straight in front of the swing and grab the fabric in front of you. Placing your elbows on the inside of the swing and gripping tightly, pull down and place your body in the swing. Ensure the swing is providing enough support underneath you before moving on to the next step.
Now that you are safely secured grab the sides of the swing at about elbow height. Grip tightly and lean backwards, naturally bringing your legs up as you get lower. As you descend even further place your legs on either side of the swing and curl your feet around the fabric so that it is securely fastened behind your knees. Next, now that you are in the inverted position, let go with your hands and let them touch the floor (this is great for your spine!). Now all you have to do is let go of muscle tension, relax and breath. Feel the stretch in your upper body.
Finish your inversion practice by bringing your arms back in front of you. Use your core muscles to draw your body upwards, then grab the sides of the swing with your hands. Pause for a second, get your breath, then pull yourself up and exit the swing.
You will get many benefits from inverting right away. Combine this with more stretching and strengthening exercises using your yoga swing and you will start to progress fast! If you want to improve your inversion practice simply increase the duration. You will soon discover how good your body feels from inverting and look forward to it. Buy Yoga Swing today!