Inverted poses in yoga, if practiced very mindfully and compassionately, can be extremely beneficial for four of the body’s major systems – cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous and endocrine. By reversing the flow of blood to the heart and within the circulatory system, inversions can prevent or reduce the likelihood of developing varicose veins and haemorrhoids. By “up-ending” our bodies’ relationship to gravity, we can even improve our metabolic function. Although Headstand and Shoulderstand are known as the “King” and “Queen” of the asanas in certain yogic traditions, they are not for everyone. To do them safely, takes careful, guided and consistent preparation and practice to protect the neck and spinal column. Handstands require building strength in the arms, wrists and hands, as well as the abdominals, and learning how to carefully align the spine and pelvis.