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Common Overlooked Areas in Backbend

๐’ž๐‘œ๐“‚๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ƒ ๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡๐“๐‘œ๐‘œ๐“€๐‘’๐’น ๐’ถ๐“‡๐‘’๐’ถ๐“ˆ ๐’พ๐“ƒ ๐ต๐’ถ๐’ธ๐“€๐’ท๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’น๐“ˆ.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป When we do backbends, most people focus on opening the upper back and front chest. Backbend is commonly known as the โ€œheart openingโ€ practice.

But when we overly focus on the obvious and ignore the rest, the result is ineffective. I often see most students overly focus on creating the deepest arch (and usually overly using the lower back), but not working on strengthening shoulders, upper back, and arms.

Not only that, lower body strength can play a big part to enhance backbends.

This transition from Ustrasana to Urdhva Dhanurasana, it requires upper back strength, but the power of the transition comes from the legs โ€“ the shins, quads, hip flexors, and glutes, all have to work together in the pose.

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™œ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š, ๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ. ๐™„๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™จ๐™ค ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ฎ.

๊งเผ’โ˜ฌPractice with intention.โ˜ฌเผ’๊ง‚

Instead of just following โ€œstandardโ€ alignment cues, know what you are intending to do and apply intelligent actions.

โญ๏ธ This, will transform your practice. โญ๏ธ

Yoga Poses: Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose)

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