Back-bending in yoga is one of the techniques I get asked about the most as a yoga teacher of nearly ten years. For the first few years of my practice, I did not know what I was doing wrong. Now I do. That’s what I want to share with you in today’s video.
When I was first introduced to repetitive back-bending exercises at a ‘back bending clinic’ in 2008, I realized that they work like any other exercise: they build and release the appropriate muscles to help facilitate the required/desired movement. I’ve done two more ten-day clinics since then, and attended numerous workshops and advanced seminars which all stress the importance of bending backwards in a balanced yoga practice.
Repeating a back-bend over and over, slowly and carefully, helps to create the flexibility you need to do back-bending postures with more depth and control; it also helps create the strength you need to do so them safely, with reduced risk of injury.
This is my first instructional yoga video on my site, and I’m really excited. This is the direction I want to go – adding yoga and meditation to recipes and food info for a holistic perspective on living, feeling and growing.
I hope you enjoy the video, and I would love to hear what you think in the comments section. I’m always open to your feedback, it would mean a lot to me.
I hope this helps! Please remember to always be careful, mindful and slow when you’re back bending, especially if you’re doing it without the heat.