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[Yoga in Asturias] Iglesia de Santa MarΓ­a, Bandujo

By Tytoni Yoga

SAT JUL 11, 2020

Iglesia de Santa MarΓ­a, Bandujo, Asturias, Spain
Iglesia de Santa MarΓ­a, Bandujo, Asturias, Spain

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This is the beautiful medieval village of Bandujo (or Banduxu), in Proaza, Asturias. The village has been very well preserved, including the church in the photo, Iglesia de Santa MarΓ­a, and one of the best preserved medieval defensive towers in Asturias, Torre de Bandujo (also known as Torre de TuΓ±Γ³n), dating back to the 10th century.

Inversions are important poses within yoga. They help improve circulation in the body, energize, improve balance, build confidence, build core and back strength and they can be really fun!

An inversion does not have to be a headstand. While headstands can be really fun asanas to do, you can get many of the same benefits from other poses that tip your world upside down!

Main inverted asanas that might come to mind are headstands, handstands, forearm stands and shoulder stands. But those are the flashy ones, there are many others that don’t get quite the same rep, but are just as beneficial (maybe even more so because they are often more accessible). Rabbit pose, downward dog, standing forward bends, and happy baby are just some examples of fantastic inversions that should not be underestimated.

One of the most important things to remember with any inversion is to breathe. Your breath is key to sustaining any inversion. Try practicing different pranayam, breathing exercisesβ€”like deep belly breathing, bastrika, or ujjayi (ocean or victorious breath)β€”to help you in your inversions.

There are a few contraindications to be aware of: high blood pressure, some heart conditions, neck injuries, recent stroke, detached retina, glaucoma and epilepsyβ€”all common issues that should be addressed before you invert. Talk with your doctor and teacher if you are unsure about your situation.

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