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christen

I agree with Andree, when I read jumping legs up to wall it made me cringe, engaging the core to float legs up the wall is MUCH safer, we use our core in all inversions.

malar

i still can't bring myself to do sarvangasana let alone headstand or handstand. This is mainly due to my fear of having to look at the world upside down. Nevertheless, I'm practising viparita karani which I'm told gives the same benefits as both poses mentioned earlier. Is this true?

Layla

This comment is targeted for Elaine. I really respect and appreciate what you wrote. I have been teaching yoga for over 2 years now and after reading your comment, it re-reminded me how important it is to first off approach contraindications before different types of asanas, especially inversions. I also was glad that you were brave enough to speak on the fact that while everyone else in the class is attempting an inversion, you know that you would never be able to. It gives me incentive as an instructor to come up with other optional poses that may have somewhat of the same benefits as an inversion,without having the pressure to the neck/head. Thank you again, you helped make me a better instructor!!

Andree

I would like to suggest that rather than "gently jump both legs up," one is safer to engage their core, and keeping long and strong, walk their feet closer to the wall until both legs float up together from the strength of the core rather than the legs.

Jewliah P

I love this pose, however I have neck arthritis. Is there any chance I could do this pose ever again?

Elaine

Your comment about contraindications was rather flip - you mention several conditios and include eye problems, but then go on to say be mindful and give them a try. This is dangerous especially for the elderly who miight not know they have glaucoma. I have had a rare form of glaucoma since I was 28. Headstands etc. raise eye pressure by 15 and the pressure stays high for at least 15 minutes. I feel so sad in class when everyone is trying a serious inversion and I know I will never attempt them.( there are at least 4 good articles on this subject and they all have the same conclusion).
I would appreciate a response to this comment.
Thank you

Dan Coyle

I have been doing yoga, self taught from a book, for 4 years. A subscriber for 1. I recognize the physical benefits to muscle.

I also read unsuported or referenced statements that purport that inverted stances make the spleen and other organs operate. Presumably better than they are working now. I would appreciate as I think others would, if some medical or other measurements would be referenced that support many of the "BENEFIT" statements in yoga articles.

Thank You for considering my request.

Dan Coyle

I have been doing yoga, self taught from a book, for 4 years. A subscriber for 1. I recognize the physical benefits to muscle.

I also read unsuported or referenced statements that purport that inverted stances make the spleen and other organs operate. Presumably better than they are working now. I would appreciate as I think others would, if some medical or other measurements would be referenced that support many of the "BENEFIT" statements in yoga articles.

Thank You for considering my request.

Claire Lindberg

At first, the instructions in this article appeared helpful, detailed and carefully written. However when I went to use them
to help me work on my headstand I found that without pictures or diagrams, they are in part incomprehensible. I wish yoga journal would include graphics in their online articles.

Faith Wollner

Hello, I am a student at my local Yoga Studio and if we are having any difficulty in doing any inversions we use the wall for support or my teacher will stand next to us for support. Namaste

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