Tonight I'm taking my class in what seems to be the coldest night of the year so far. The other day I was asked how it has been going back to taking classes after a break. I was only out for 2 months but there are some differences. My shoulders feel weaker doing Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose). I have to bring my knees down for extra help. My legs are also feeling a little shaky if holding Warrior 1 or 2 which is odd. Hip openers and standing poses are my forte! I take pride in my strong tree trunk legs, except for Utkatasana (Chair Pose), I never liked that pose but I guess it's good for my butt. :)
The instructor I've been going to Thursday nights is nice but she won't incorporate an inversion in the class which I wish she would do. It is a Level 1 class and the other L1 classes in the studio have at least a headstand, or work your way into a headstand. So it's not like I'm asking her to do something special just for me. I love going upside-down, I NEED to go upside-down, no I'm not crazy!
When one inverts, tissue fluids of the lower extremities drain—far more effectively than when one is asleep. Areas of congestion clear. In a 1992 Yoga International article on Headstand and the circulatory system, Coulter wrote: "If you can remain in an inverted posture for just 3 to 5 minutes, the blood will not only drain quickly to the heart, but tissue fluids will flow more efficiently into the veins and lymph channels of the lower extremities and of the abdominal and pelvic organs, facilitating a healthier exchange of nutrients and wastes between cells and capillaries."
Plus, on a psychological level, there is nothing more gratifying than conquering a fear of standing on your head. Quite the self-confidence booster!