Turning to inversion props

We purposely omitted the headstand and the full shoulder stand from this book because we feel that these postures require the guidance of a competent Yoga teacher. Because Western-world necks have become so weak and vulnerable, many physicians and a large number of chiropractors, orthopedists, and osteopaths aren't in favor of inverted Yoga postures such as the headstand, the full shoulder stand, and the plow because they can compress the neck. Because the benefits of inversion and reversing the pull of gravity are so great (as we cover in Chapter 10), many entrepreneurs have attempted to create safe and effective inversion devices.

You can now find quite a selection of inversion apparatuses to suit various bodies and budgets. One that we like for its effectiveness, safety, and convenience is the Body Slant created by yogi Larry Jacobs and shown in Figure 19-2. It's the high-tech version of what used to be called Grandma's Slant Board. These three pieces of firm foam that fold and unfold easily make inversion safe and simple. Just lie back for 10 minutes to receive the rejuvenating effects of inversion.

Figure 19-2:

The Body Slant is safe and effective.

Figure 19-2:

The Body Slant is safe and effective.

Ask your physician before using any new exercise device to be sure that the prop is right for your personal situation.

Avoid using the Body Slant or any other inversion prop if you have the following conditions: glaucoma or retinopathy (disease of the retina), hiatal hernia, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a past stroke.

Part IV

The Newbies Guide To Yoga

The Newbies Guide To Yoga

Yoga is extensively know as a form of exercise that stretches and strengthens the body through various poses know as ASANA. For other people yoga is the realization of inner self satisfaction. For other it is a religion that the believe and must follow. Learn more within this guide by downloading today.

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