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Yoga inversions are a great way to strengthen the core, circulate the blood, stimulate the organs, calm the central nervous system, ease back pain and improve posture. Take a moment, at least ten seconds to get upside down.   When we perform our inversions in which our hands act as a base, we want to ensure that the hand is rooted down through the index finger and the thumb with the middle finger slightly pointing to the outside or straight ahead.  The fingers should be separated like a sea star.  An all levels Yoga inversion is Downward Facing Dog Pose or Adho Muhka Svanasana.  To perform this Yoga posture place your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders mimicking a table.  Then, walk your hands two to four inches forward, strengthen in the upper arms, draw the navel back and up and lift the hips toward the sky.  Let the heels drop gently and strengthen the frontal thighs in and up to support the release of the hamstrings.  Continue strengthening through the arms as you energetically push the hips up and back.  Bend the knees slightly if you experience tight hamstrings.  Let the head fall gently and release the spine.  Breathe deeply into the posture observing the body and breath.

Short version  on Head Stand : In Adho Muhka Vrksasana ensure that the navel is drawn back and up and that the ribs are lifted in. Lengthen from the tailbone while energizing through the arms and the legs. The hands should be aligned directly under the shoulders. Take flight and enhance your day!!!

What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly? ~ E.H. .

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