Inversions are yoga postures that are inverted such as handstands and headstands. If you are interested in learning inversions, I highly recommend starting with a wall for support. It has been a long journey for my personal inversion yoga practice. For years, I was very fearful of inversions. I was afraid of injuring myself and it would prevent me from even trying. One day I decided to stop allowing my fears to hold me back, I went to my mat, hoped for the best, and somehow held the most beautiful headstand ever!
I realized the joy I felt from overcoming my fear of inversions and how amazingly free I felt afterward. Mentally and physically that moment of overcoming my fear of inversions changed me. I could feel my spine straightening and healing from previous car accidents that curved my spine. I could feel tight bubbles of fear popping in my brain and allowing me to live and breathe my Truth. I realized that all it takes is a moment in life to prove to yourself that you are capable of anything, as long as you try.
When I went to my mat and tried that day, I didn’t think about falling instead I thought about flying. I thought to myself, ‘I am going to do this, I am going to hold a headstand, and I am going to be courageous!’ I am no longer afraid of inversions and I trust my ability to do them. To overcome any fear is to trust that the outcome will be what you want it to be. It is not being ignorant because you know that falling is a risk you are willing to take.
For many people inversions look easy, they gently and gradually lift their feet off into an elegant handstand. For others this seems impossible, but what we need to consider is the practice those elegant handstand people took to arrive at that point. They devoted hours of time into meditation, affirmations, and physical practice. They never told themselves that they couldn’t, they believed they could and therefore they did! To try inversions it takes practice, bravery, and most importantly the belief that anything is possible if you try!