Turning your world upside down in yoga – like in life – can bring up fear and aversion (dvesa). It can also bring a new perspective! This workshop is an opportunity to come with questions and more time to investigate these wonderful poses. We will mindfully engage in a collective and personal inquiry into the potency of dynamic and restorative inversions in practice.

The workshop will look at some modified, accessible and energetically economical routes into classical inversions, like shoulder-stand, headstand and their friends. We will play with:

  • The subtle energetics of inversions and how we might use them to refresh and replenish our prana (energy) stores
  • The health benefits of inversions: including their aid in lymphatic drainage, circulation and improve balance and core stabilisation
  • Reminding ourselves that inversions are all poses in which the head is below the heart, we will awaken our awareness of the foundational inversions in our standing sequences, like downward dog and standing forward folds
  • We will explore the importance of building a supportive foundation and Samasthiḥ stability in a variety of inversions.
  • We will investigate the muscle groups that can make some inversions feel more difficult: especially hamstring tightness and shoulder and neck issues
  • Once we have built some confidence with the basics we’ll begin step by step progressions to suit all practitioners for shoulder-stand, headstand, forearm balances/dolphins, handstands/wall walking
  • Toward the tail of the practice we will absorb the regenerative energy of our practice in restorative inversions.

Your inversions workshop

What to expect

During your inversions workshop you will:

  • Learn the health benefits of inversions

  • Build some confidence with the basics

  • Refresh and replenish your prana (energy) stores

  • Investigate the muscle groups that can make some inversions feel more challenging

  • End your practice with restorative inversions


When: Sunday 8th September | 11am – 2:00pm

Cost: £35

Where: Lime House Yoga Studio

Note: This workshop is not for complete beginners, a stable shoulder-stand or equivalent and some preparatory work on headstand is a pre-requisite.

Why inversions?

In yoga, an inversion is defined as a pose in which the yogi’s heart is at a higher level than the head. Not all inversion poses require you to be completely upside down. There are gentler inversions that may be practiced by beginners before trying advanced asanas. Ever considered yourself to be in an inversion when you’re in child’s pose? Well, you are!

Yogis have long preached the value of inverted poses with ancient stone seals discovered by archaeologists showing the first drawings of yoga poses as far back as 3000BC.

Practicing inversion poses can reverse blood flow and promote circulation, improve balance, strengthen and energise the body, strengthen the nervous system, flush out toxins, promote blood flow to the brain, improve brain function and calm the mind.

Don’t be put off thinking that an inversions workshop will require you to be balancing on your hands! Inversions also have a therapeutic history as a restorative healing method while the corrective powers of gravity have been used in various cultures around the world as a natural remedy to reduce back pain and improve circulation.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, exploring the many different types and levels of inversions can be a valuable addition to your yoga journey, connecting you with a tradition that spans centuries.

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Your Teacher

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Amy Hughes

I began yoga with my mum 20 years ago and it has been my tool kit for life’s challenges ever since. I began teaching Anusara Yoga – a Vinyasa style – under the close tutelage of Bridget Woods-Kramer (from Triyoga London) in 2004. I later teacher trained with John Scott as an Ashtanga Teacher and continues to assist him when he is in the UK.  I am a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and my extensive trainings in two styles inform my teaching.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is my daily practice and I teach Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga and practice full third series. My vinyasa classes are well themed and sequenced often around a specific bio-mechanical alignment principle. This way students learn to practice intelligently and pain free.

Amy teaches Mysore at Lime House – Mondays | 7-9am