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Julie’s Simple Happiness Pose

Raise your hands if you’ve ever been in one of those not-so-great moods. Me included! If so, you’ll generally want to practice an inversion which is a pose in which your head is positioned below your heart. Holding your body in this position is incredibly grounding and calming and is actually known as a restorative pose. It’s a great pose to take whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, and it’s also very useful for when you’re feeling your energy levels are dropping.

You can practice this pose with bolsters or blankets for comfort, but you can also do it without any equipment whatsoever – as long as you have a wall.

Between ten and fifteen minutes is the perfect amount of time to practice this pose.

If at first you find you can’t do it for that long, and that’s normal, then it is of course totally fine to ease yourself out of the pose and try to hold it for longer next time. Generally, this is not a pose that is uncomfortable in anyway and it is more likely you will have no problems with it. If you want to hold the pose even longer, there’s much more to be gained in doing so.

To get into this pose, first find a suitable wall – preferably in a quiet area where you are not going to be disturbed.

Bring yourself down to the floor and position the left side of your body against the wall. Then gently turn your body and bring your legs up to the wall so that they are straight up against it.

What are the benefits of this happiness pose? Quite a lot.
By lifting your legs and feet above your body in this way, you can help to increase the blood flow and flow of any stagnant fluids in the body. This is especially useful for people who have to walk a lot in their day-to-day.

This positioning of the body is helpful for relieving tension in the legs as well as the feet and the hips. Your nervous system will calm down and will be soothed by holding this pose. Your digestive system will then be encouraged to function more effectively.

There is so much to be gained from inversion poses overall, but often they are quite difficult to do for extended periods of time, mostly because of the balance and energy required. However, my legs up the wall pose are a lot easier most and have the exact same benefits. It also serves to rest your body at the same time which is hugely beneficial.

If you find you struggle with a crowded mind and are frequently distracted by your thoughts, this pose will be incredibly useful and helpful for quietening your mind. As you hold the pose and concentrate on your breathing, you’ll be able to create a steady and peaceful meditative state.

YOGA INVERSION

Yoga inversion is believed to release tension, increase circulation and energy levels, and strengthen muscles. It’s also thought to promote emotional growth, calm the mind and spirit, guide energy toward the heart, and help you become more connected with the earth.

Here’s a few simple inversion poses for beginners to help you on your way to nailing your inversions in no time.

The Dolphin Pose

This is a great pose for people who are just starting to get into inversions. The Dolphin Pose mainly strengthens the core and upper body.

Start by getting on all fours and lower your elbows enough so that they’re perfectly lined up with your wrists. Put pressure on your thumbs and forefingers and slowly raise your hips and back. Hold this pose for 5-8 breaths.

Downward Facing Dog

This might come as a surprise but this pose is actually an inversion. Many people, who are not familiar with yoga and inversions in general, think practicing inversions means you have to be upside down completely with your feet off the floor.

In this particular pose, your aim is to lower your head below your heart level. This helps you to focus and involve your core, hands and arms in this position.

Think of forming a triangle with your body. Start by getting on all fours. Bow and place your head down at one end, point your hips upwards and towards your feet, and place your feet firmly at on the floor.

Put your feet back as you start to get into the pose. Bring all your weight back towards your legs. Put pressure on your hands during this process. Release your head and hold the pose for 5-8 breaths.

Shoulder Stand

Although this pose is accessible for most beginners, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. While you’re in your shoulder stand, you’ll need to engage your legs, arms, and core the entire time, so that your spine isn’t carrying all of your weight.

Lie down flat and work your abdominal muscles to lift your legs upwards. Put your weight in your arms and skull and push the shoulders near the ears.

Once you feel like you are ready, completely focus on your ab muscles and push your legs upward to form a clean line direct upwards. Hold this pose for 5-8 breaths and slowly bring your legs down to finish.

PRACTICE

Inverting requires tons of core activation, shoulder strength, mental focus, deep breathing, and practice so can be quite difficult to do. But remember, yoga requires a bit of patience and a lot of practice, so don’t rush the process.

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