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Week 3 Alignment Series: Backbends

Backbends are some of the most graceful postures, yet they can be challenging. 😅

I remember the first time I was able to push up to an Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), or the first time I grabbed my foot in Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon).

Because bending backward is not our natural movement, and we cannot see what is behind us, it requires us to

👉 focus on the sensation of the body

👉 overcoming fear and developing comfort over time

👉 Cultivate integrity by distributing our attention and action evening.

Backbends, when skillfully executed, are exhilarating. 😀

It’s called “heart-opening” for a reason. 🤗

Not only it does open the front side of the body physically, but when we can overcome the challenges to explore the “unknown” and “scary”, it opens our hearts and mind. 🤩

Backbends can be categorized into

1️⃣ Prone backbends

2️⃣ Supine Backbends

3️⃣ Standing and Kneeling Backbends

4️⃣ Inverted Backbends

5️⃣ Supported Backbends and Openers

We can also think of backbends as

⚡ Upper Back focus

⚡ Hip Flexor Focus

⚡ Shoulder Focus

⚡ Leg FocusIn Alignment classes, not only do we break down the themes, but we also narrow it down into the actions of each particular category of backends.

With skillful actions and techniques, you will learn to create space, comfort, and integrity in your backbends. 🙌

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