Inversions have always been a hurdle I needed to overcome not just in my body, but also my mind. Through years of self-exploration, I realized that my fear was rooted in childhood experiences of pain and a lack of confidence. My body reflected the fear and tightness my mind held.
But as I began learning to play with inversions as a way to create laughter, lightness and fun in my yoga practice, that fear began to dissolve. I fell down countless times, laughed at myself and tried again. I started visualizing my body in the pose before I even attempted it. Slowly, I began to notice which parts of my body needed extra strength to help maintain my balance. Aside from strength building, the key is allowing yourself to completely surrender, while still remaining grounded in the inversion.
Here are some simple practices to strengthen your mind and body, to help you overcome your fear of inversions.
1. Target your lower core muscles.