Power Flow

Looking for a flush of blush? Try an inversion, for that power flow

The classic definition of an inversion is to orient yourself in a position when your heart is higher than your head. Forget the moony references to the head-over-heels in love as you ease yourself into this yogic posture to get the glow going in a power flow.

UPSIDE DOWN

The world’s turned 360 degrees post the pandemic, and you can have a go at the upside-down perspective in a healthy way by bringing in a rush of flush. An inversion pose may be a “headstand,” “shoulder stand,” “handstand”. Essentially it is a body pose where the body is upside down from its normal upright position. “Any form of exercise benefits your health index. In particular, headstand, downward facing dog position are a few inversion poses that are good for improving blood circulation, calming the mind, strengthening the muscles, easing out the strain on muscles and bringing in overall wellness,” says Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Madhuri Agarwal. Why is an inversion good for the body? “You may experience a nice flush on your skin, that looks like a slight blush. There is a certain rush of pink to your cheeks as the blood flow improves with the practice of this posture,” explains dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty, a celebrity dermatologist. “You will feel fresh if you practise the inversion as there is so much blood going to the brain as well. There is a certain energy in your demeanour, clarity of thought that comes in.”

DRAW THE LINE

“While inversions overall help with flexibility and muscle strength, there are no proven studies to substantiate the anti-ageing benefits of inversion. Exercising regularly helps to reduce the free radical damage and improve signs of ageing whether it is inversions or your regular workout,” points out Dr Agarwal. On a scale of 0-10, what would be the…

Shilpi Madan for Sunday Herald

Read the Full Story