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Throwback fitness: Rakul Preet Singh’s first attempt at inversions is inspiration-worthy

Know how to prep your body to ace inversions.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 15, 2020 10:50:25 am
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Many of us remember our first attempts at cooking, winning a game, or even cycling. When, doesn’t matter — everything done for the first time is a memory to cherish. Actor and yoga enthusiast Rakul Preet Singh echoed the sentiment as she shared a photo from her first successful inversion practice.

She also pointed out that her yoga journey, which began in 2018, has taught her a lot about balance.

Here’s what she said: “Throwback: When the world wasn’t upside down but I was!! My yoga journey began in 2018 and since then it’s pure joy to do my practice everyday. Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting things done. Sometimes, it’s absolutely ok to shut down, kick back and do nothing. ?? @anshukayoga this was the first time I did an inversion.”

While headstands have numerous benefits for the body, including improving upper ­body strength, flexibility and digestion, the pose is also fraught with. If not performed correctly, it may lead to damage to the cervical spine. People with cervical disc and eye issues, and extremely low or high pressure should not attempt this pose.

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So, if you are all set to take baby steps towards attempting inversions like headstands, here’s what you need to know.

*Since inversions require the body to take the upside down posture, it is important to prepare the body and practice proper alignment to prevent injury.
*Before attempting a headstand, be adept with the downward dog pose, wide­-legged forward bend, forearm plank, and dolphin pose.
*After the headstand, come back in the child’s pose and then downward dog to release neck and back tension.
*Alignment is the key to practice the pose safely, so it is a good idea to first attempt under the guidance of a trusted teacher.

Yoga trainer Anshuka Parwani gives these tips to ace inversions.

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Hello Fam 🤍 for all you guys writing in for all those yoga/asana tips here it is, hope these cues benefit you with your home practice 🙏⁣ ⁣ #YogaTipsByAnshuka 🧘‍♀️ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ShoulderStand – Sarvangasana ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ BEGINNERS 🛑 ⁣⁣⁣ Please check your contra-indications before you try this. ⁣⁣⁣ Inversions are fun and beneficial but can be injurious if done without care, time & attention. ⁣⁣⁣ There is so much weight on the neck here so be very mindful as you get into the pose. Also remember, your Dhristi (focus point) are your toes – the picture caught me eyes closed, make sure you don’t move your neck around. ⁣⁣⁣ While returning, come back with ease. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Sarvangasana has so many juicy benefits – from stimulating the thyroid gland and hair growth to relieving varicose veins and constipation etc it is truly the “mother of asanas” aka “queen asana” 🤍⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ If you have any questions, let me know :) ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #mumbaiyoga #mumbaiyogis #yogatips #yogamumbai #yogaforeverybody #yogaforlife #yogagirl #yogatutorial #inversions #onlineyoga #shoulderstand #sarvangasana #anshukayoga

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*Inversions are fun and beneficial but can be injurious if done without care, time and attention.
*There is so much weight on the neck here, so be very mindful as you get into the pose. Also remember, your dhristi (focus point) is your belly button — make sure you don’t move your neck around or you can injure yourself.
*While returning, come back with ease.

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