Inversion Yoga Poses: How-to, Tips, Benefits, Images, Videos

Inversions are great for balance and concentration, as well as circulation. Michael Taylor demonstrates and gives us the scoop.







Headstand
- Your feet will lift easily off the ground when your base is strong, your feet are close to your body, and your hips up... More on how to do a Headstand >>








Forearm Stand
- From your hands and knees, lower your forearms to the ground, elbows right under your shoulders, hands straight... More on Forearm Stand >>









Handstand - There is no need to jump into this pose. Your grounded foot will lift easily when your weight is more forward of... More on how to do a Handstand >>











Plow
- Lie down on your back with arms alongside your body, and bring knees into your chest. More on how to do Plow Pose >>









Shoulder Stand - Lie down on your back with arms alongside your body, and bring knees into your chest.  With legs either bent or... More on Shoulder Stand >>







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About the Author

Mike is a guide and resident healer at Strala Yoga in New York. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than three decades, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he happily become more interested in supporting bodies than disrupting them, and continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university.

Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. He worked at a steel mill for a while, joined a web company, and then founded a few more. He now serves on the board of Odyl, which helps people discover books on Facebook.

As Strala has grown, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives. Mike is a mountaineer, runner, cyclist, skier, and snowboarder, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles. You can take The Complete Guide To Yoga Video Course With Tara Stiles, Featuring Michael Taylor here at MindBodyGreen.

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