Come to any of my yoga lessons and also you’ll be stunned how a lot of my life I select to spend the wrong way up.

Whether or not on-line, which is my most popular technique to train in the meanwhile, or again in these far-off, pre-pandemic days after we all gathered in a studio or church corridor, one factor has remained unchanged: you’re prone to spend a sizeable chunk of time wanting on the world from the opposite method up.

The wrong way up — or head under coronary heart, as I favor to name it — is an excellent technique to ‘hang around’. I couldn’t think about a day with out spending not less than two minutes in my blissful, topsy-turvy world.

And the message appears to be catching on: the proof is there for all to see.

Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, teaches yoga and says having your head below your heart can bring a rich dose of oxygenated blood to the head

Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, teaches yoga and says having your head under your coronary heart can convey a wealthy dose of oxygenated blood to the top

Final week it was Holly Willoughby who posted footage of herself at an out of doors yoga studio, suspended from the rafters in an ‘inverted butterfly’ pose throughout an aerial yoga session.

The 40-year-old TV presenter was doing it to advertise her new ladies’s way of life web site, Wylde Moon, however she’s in good firm. There have been many earlier than her, together with Elizabeth Hurley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Millie Waterproof coat and Geri Halliwell, channelling their ‘inside bat’ — and getting image to share on social media.

Aerial yoga differs from conventional yoga in that as an alternative of performing poses on a mat, contributors use silk hammocks or slings to assist themselves. Both method, the precept and well being advantages — each psychological and bodily — are the identical.

Head under coronary heart supplies a beautiful dose of wealthy, oxygenated blood heading straight to the top, plus a stretch of the backbone and shoulders, which leaves you feeling as in case you’re strolling on air.

In truth, ask any of my 4 youngsters or the cameramen I’ve labored with over time, they usually know that I’ve been banging on about this for greater than a decade.

Holly Willoughby in an inverted butterfly yoga position, which is said to boost circulation, promote healing and detoxify tissue, as well as decompress the spine

Holly Willoughby in an inverted butterfly yoga place, which is claimed to spice up circulation, promote therapeutic and detoxify tissue, in addition to decompress the backbone

Yoga got here to my rescue shortly after the beginning of my fourth baby, after I was discovering life overwhelming. I rented a church corridor close to our second residence in South-West London, and was quickly educating 24 yoga lessons every week.

In fact, this all moved on-line throughout lockdown, when as much as 300 folks at a time would be part of a category from their very own entrance rooms and patios.

Yoga is all about motion, but in addition about breath. We take management of our physique, which all the time breathes for us, second after second, minute after minute. Controlling our breath offers us a chance to breathe deeper, ideally from the stomach, to inhale and exhale longer and provides our blood an almighty injection of oxygen.

Put this along with a ahead fold — the best of yoga strikes, the place you actually fold in half from the waist and hold your head gently the wrong way up, between your knees, for a couple of breaths — or a full unsupported headstand, or being suspended from the ceiling, and there are such a lot of advantages for the top.

Personally, I really feel the top is a vastly neglected physique half in the case of train and well-being.

It does a lot for us and the poor factor is all the time on high and by no means will get a correct break, as our legs do after we flop on the couch or lie all the way down to sleep. Hanging your head under your coronary heart is the equal of placing your toes up after a protracted day, and everyone knows how good that feels.

There aren’t any strict guidelines as to the way you do it. I all the time inform my college students and my youngsters to do it for at least two minutes a day, however ideally any time you are feeling pressured, drained, or your head and/or again hurts. Simply drop and hold. Oh, and don’t overlook to breathe — that managed breath.

Not solely does getting dose of oxygenated blood to the top assist nurture the mind, however I all the time consider it as a free facial, too, as blood pours into the face, plumping and enriching it.

Julie Montagu, pictured, says being upside down and allowing blood to rush to you head is the equivalent of putting your feet up after a long day

Julie Montagu, pictured, says being the wrong way up and permitting blood to hurry to you head is the equal of placing your toes up after a protracted day

It appears like an inside therapeutic massage of the face: you possibly can truly really feel the blood stream shifting round your shoulders, neck, head and face. It’s great.

Plus, on the identical time, you’re creating house between your vertebrae. All day lengthy with the top on high, the backbone has no selection however to really feel slightly compressed. Once we go the wrong way up it begins to elongate once more, making house between every again bone. the saying: wholesome backbone, wholesome life — by which I’m an enormous believer.

And lastly, while you come up once more, all the things feels a bit lighter. Maybe, like me, you discover you’ve gotten extra space between your ideas. Life doesn’t really feel so heavy or chaotic and you may keep it up along with your assembly, troublesome dialog or to-do checklist with extra readability.

Attempt it as we speak — simply two minutes — and I promise you, you’ll by no means see life the identical method once more.