How did it get to be November!!? A month considered the shoulder season in Canada – unpredictable weather, not quite enough snow to play in and a wide range of temperatures making it hard to plan outdoor adventures.
So if moving in synchronicity with the season, sticking close to the biorhythms of Canada’s shoulder season – then perhaps it’s a good month to explore shoulder stands and inversions?!!
All kidding aside – within western context, shoulder stands and inversions aim to improve circulation and promote metabolic balance within the body. We spend our days standing and walking, allowing the predictable pull of gravity to do its work on our musco-skeletal structures, fluid, and energetic layers. Taking time to turn the body upside down stimulates our nervous system and supports the increase of mental alertness and clarity. In yogic philosophy, inverting the body supports the flow of energy through our central meridian. In anatomical terms, the central channel connects to neurological pathways linking to our endocrine system – inversions support balance and irrigation of these pathways.
…And an inversion can be done at any time…you don’t have to warm up for a restorative moment! At the end of a long day in my head or on my feet, I often return home to a few minutes with my feet up against a wall, my back resting on the ground, arms out stretched!
During a time of year than can be dreary with lots of cloud and rain, temperatures dropping, we begin to turn inward. A simple posture to reawaken a foggy mind or tired feet can be a blessing as we transition into winter!