I am getting more and more into the art of yoga. My latest attempt to better my body has come in the form of learning to do head-stands and other upside-down poses. In yoga, it’s called “Inversion” or “viparita karani”. Loosely translated, it means ‘opposite process’. It’s good for you because:
1. Gravity is hard on your body. Inversion works to reverse the effects of gravity.
2. Being upside gives you a whole new perspective on your body and your soul.
Okay, I made up that second point – but I think it’s true, in so many aspects of your life, not just yoga. It reminds me of my wedding picture, which is signed by one of my uncles, upside-down. It says “Always look at both sides”. Go figure. I look at that signature every now and again, especially when things seem a bit more complicated than necessary.
Being upside down, whether it’s your body or your mind, forces you to look at things from another perspective. And sometimes, that perspective is just what you need to realize that it’s possible that you or your position might be wrong. By inverting your thoughts, you start to see what you were missing because of a limited point of view.
We all do it. A contradiction of thoughts or opinions arise and we immediately take the offensive or defensive position that we are right, just because, end of story. The next time this happens, turn the issue on its head. Take a good look at yourself, and at the other side of the situation. And realize that, when turned on its head, there might actually be two sides.
Don’t be afraid to invert your thinking. It’s good for the body (so they say…) and I believe that it’s good for the soul.