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Turn that frown upside down

17th June 2015
Girl doing yoga exercise on a beach in Sardinia

 

Tired, grumpy and utterly fed up? Turn tiredness on its head. ELEMIS Fitness Expert Steve Mellor explains:

‘A simple yoga inversion gets more blood flowing to the brain which not only results in an instant energy boost but mental revitalisation as well’

Positioning your heart higher than your head has also been credited with helping to improve circulation and detoxify the body by aiding the lymphatic system and helping to flush out toxins.

You don't have to be a yoga expert to feel the benefits, Steve shares three easy yoga inversions to try at home:

SUPPORTED SHOULDER STAND

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor, your toes just touching the base of a sturdy wall and arms extended along the sides the torso
  • Place feet up on the wall so that your bent knees form a right angle
  • Inhale and press down with your hands, push your feet to the wall, and tilt your hips as high as you comfortably can
  • Bend the elbows and bring your hands to your lower back
  • Inhale and press down with your hands, push your feet to the wall, and tilt your hips as high as you comfortably can
  • As you exhale, take one foot off the wall and extend until straight then repeat with your other leg
  • Breathe and relax for two to ten minutes
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DOLPHIN POSE:

    • Get onto your hands and knees and lower your forearms to the floor with your elbows squared under your shoulders
    • Straighten your legs and rise into a downward-facing dog position, lifting your rib cage away from your shoulders and pressing your heels firmly into the floor.
    • Relax the neck and keep space between the ears and shoulders.
    • Inhale and exhale deeply repeating from 10 breaths
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HEADSTAND:

  • Kneel in front of a wall, interlace your fingers, and position forearms on the floor, elbows shoulder-width apart
  • Place the crown of your head on the floor in front of your palms
  • Walk the feet in and slowly bring one knee, then the other, to your chest
  • Lock in your core and then slowly straighten the legs if you feel comfortable, and keep pressing your forearms into the floor
  • Stay here for 5-20 breaths
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