Inversions Made Fun with Ylonda

by Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene

At first, being upside down may not come naturally.

However, inversions don’t have to be panic inducing. 

Slowly and safely adding one inversion at a time under the guidance of a teacher can help ease you into them without overwhelming yourself.

For many people the thought of inversions can trigger a fear response.  It’s not surprising. But while the road to a perfectly balanced headstand is usually paved with a few falls along the way, here are just a few of the benefits waiting at the end of that road. 

  • Strengthens the arms, legs, back and abdominal muscles
  • Improves circulation; going against gravity helps return de-oxygenated blood back to the heart
  • Helps the lymphatic system flush the body of toxins
  • Headstand and handstand are heating and known to stimulate the nervous system
  • Shoulder stand or legs up the wall are cooling, which relaxes the nervous system  

Inversions can also have psychological benefits. 

Many inversions require humility and perseverance. We learn to fall out of a pose and to get back up again. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Remembering that Yoga is a daily practice, and not an overnight mastery will help you laugh and have fun in the process! 

Join me to learn the fundamentals of exploring Inversions in your yoga practice!

Saturday, June 6 from 1PM-3PM, $30. Sign up here →

Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene

Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene

In 2009, I embarked on my first Yoga class unaware of the transformational experience I was about to have. Immediately after my first class, I knew Yoga was the perfect all-inclusive path to wellness for me. As a professional cellist/teacher, I found the profound connection between the breath and flow of my music and that of my Yoga practice.

As a Yoga teacher, I offer playful classes geared toward harmonizing strength and flexibility that are centered with openness to all possibilities without expectations.I believe a Yoga practice is available to all who come to Yoga and hope to assist my students in finding his or her personal edge while providing the space for laughter, happiness, and peace.

I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2010 with Marni Task. I then went on to complete a 200/300 hour certification program at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga with Laura LaRosa in 2011. I am currently working toward my 500 hour Certification with Laura LaRosa.

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