Yogi Anita is a certified teacher of Inversion Yoga using the Yoga Swing. She has been a practitioner of Vinyasa, Hatha, and Bikram Yoga for over 10 years. She is also a professional Stuntwoman, Actress, and a belted Martial Artist in the Doce Pares style of Eskrima. Visit her personal website to learn more about Anita and her career.
What is Inversion Yoga?
Inversion Yoga uses a rig or aerial swing that is suspended above the ground using the force of gravity to help with flexibility, the traction of the spine and upper body and core strength.
It is also a great supplement to any other fitness routine.
Is Inversion Yoga for me?
Most people that are interested in Inversion Yoga have had some sort of back injury. It is amazing for strengthening the posterior chain and the muscles around the spine to help protect from further injury.
If you have recently had surgery of any kind, have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or are pregnant, Inversion Yoga is not for you.
For those that have had surgery in the past or have recently injured yourself, please make sure to get an ok from your physician before starting Inversion Yoga.
Is Inversion Yoga just for athletes?
Absolutely not! All levels of fitness can practice Inversion Yoga. Inversion Yoga is a full body workout that adds something that traditional mat yoga does not have: Pulling and Traction. It is gentle for the beginning yogi and can be modified to be challenging for the professional athlete.
What is Traction?
Traction is the action of being upside down and allowing gravity to gently open up space in your spine. Most people that suffer from scoliosis and a herniated disk benefit greatly from traction.
What are the benefits of Inversion Yoga?
There are more than a few benefits that come from regularly practicing Inversion Yoga. Here are the most important reasons Inversion Yoga is beneficial:
- Traction of the spine. Relieve back pain by using gravity to release pressure created over time with wear and tear.
- Strengthen the core muscles in both the back and abdominals giving your core stability and support for your spine.
- Upper body and grip strength.
- Increased range of motion in flexion(bending forward) and extension (bending backward).
- Increased flexibility in the hips.
- Development of the posterior chain (muscles up and down the back body) for spinal support.