Inversion devices in various forms have been used in yoga studios for decades, so the exact origins of the practice are unclear and are rarely agreed upon. While there were surely yogis hanging upside down from ropes attached to trees thousands of years ago, most people credit the late yoga master BKS Iyengar with popularizing and systematizing the practice.
In his studio in Pune, India, Iyengar introduced his yoga students (who came from all over the world) to many di erentyoga props that are now commonplace: blocks, straps, ropes, yoga chairs, and improvised yoga inversion slings. Iyengar himself appears in some of the earliest photos documenting inversion sling yoga practice. He used a thick rope and a stack of rolled up mats to practice passive backbends in his studio.
YOGABODY founder, Lucas Rockwood, first discovered inverted slings in 2004 while living in Thailand. Frustrated by the design and durability of early models, Lucas spent three years in development and eventually created a studio-quality device now known as the Yoga Trapeze. Today, it is used in homes, studios, andtness centers in 81 countries around the world. While modern yoga props have improved in quality and comfort for inversion sling yoga, the fundamental concept is the same. These simple devices allow you to practice new and different poses in ways that can transform your practice, and in particular, your spinal health, core and upper body strength.
Benefits of the Yoga Trapeze®
Regularly reported benefits:
· Instant traction on the spine (within two to three minutes)
· Relief of back pain and possibly sciatica
· Core strength development
· Deeper backbends and more open shoulders
· Functional upper body and full body strength development What inversion therapy can do:
· Increase range of motion, particularly in flexion and extension
· Reduce herniated disk pain for injuries that are slight to mild (stage 1)
· Add 1-2 mm of space between L4/L5 and L5/S1 vertebrae
· Alleviate lordosis
· Reduce or calm activity in spinal muscles (measured in EMG (Electromyography)
Daily practice is recommended as a supplement to any fitness routine.
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