Wendy Hassenpflug, owner of Vayu Yoga®, shares tips on how to live life healthier, happier and more completely.
By Wendy Hassenpflug, MS, E-RYT
Shift your perspective, view life in a different manner, and quite literally, turning yourself upside-down with an inversion practice.
People have been experiencing the benefits of inverting for years, decades, and even centuries. Studies show that an inversion practice can positively impact both the body and mind.
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To be specific, inversions can help four major systems of the body: cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine and lymphatic. In addition, inversions can also contribute to improved alignment, pain reduction, and improves spinal health.
An inversion is technically any pose in which the heart is above the head, however there are more gentle variations that can be performed as well. Inversions are not for every body, so it’s important to understand the benefits and risks before doing any inversions. Inversions elevate the mood, help combat depression and insomnia, quiet the mind, and are a tonic for the circulatory system.
The shift in perspective that occurs when one inverts foster opportunity to further expand one’s sense of being, and reverses the effects of gravity. Yoga is used more than any other complementary or alternative medicine, including acupuncture and homeopathy.
Over 7 million people in the U.S. practice yoga, with more than half of those people using yoga for wellness.
Many people however, find inversions difficult to perform, whether it be fear or strength that prevents them from going upside down. Aerial yoga, in particular Vayu Yoga® Suspended, provides a supportive, safe, and effective practice that leads practitioners towards inversions with minimal effort. Learning to ‘give in’ to gravity as opposed to working against it, fosters a much easier inversion.
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Creating a yoga practice that is balanced, safe, and well-informed, will lead a yoga student towards experiencing the many benefits. Yoga can help a student cultivate a deeper understanding of their body and mind.
Those that have high or low blood pressure, are menstruating or pregnant, epilepsy, detached retinas, eye problems, heart conditions should consult an educated yoga instructor before practicing most inversions. With mindfulness, and the correct instruction, even a beginner can practice aerial inversions without injury.
About Santa Clarita Vayu Yoga® Owner Wendy Hassenpflug
Wendy Hassenpflug is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), through Yoga Alliance, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Pilates Teacher (Pilates Method Alliance), Certified Personal Trainer (National College of Exercise Professionals). She holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, and has over 26 years of experience as an educator of secondary and higher education.
Wendy teaches private, duet, and small group trainings at her studio Vayu Yoga®, located at 24353 Main Street Newhall, CA 91321. Visit http://www.vayuyoga.com for more information or to schedule an appointment or book a training.
Wendy hosts “Vibrant Living with Vayu Yoga®” on AM 1220 KHTS radio in Santa Clarita, CA, Tuesdays from 11:00am till Noon. Click here to listen to podcasts.
Source: Santa Clarita News