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Answers These Questions

• What poses are considered “classic” inversions?

• What is meant by the term “mild inversions”? Give examples.

• What are “restorative inversions”?

• Give examples of poses that are both arm balances and inversions.

• What are the general physical effects of inversions?

• What are the general energetic effects?

• For what two broad conditions are inversions (of any type) contraindicated?

• When full inversions are not appropriate, what may be safer alternatives?

• What is a common propping mistake when setting up for Shoulderstand?

• What Shoulderstand variation is safer for the neck than the full pose?

• What is a good preparatory pose for Shoulderstand?

• What is an alternative for Shoulderstand that provides most inversion effects without the risks?

• Describe a way to observe shoulder flexibility as a readiness test for Headstand.

• Describe a way to observe shoulder strength as a readiness test for Headstand.




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