– Combination of flexibility and strength-
If you are new to yoga, you might be wondering what defines a pose as a backbend. Traditionally it refers to asanas that call for spinal extension or what we know as arching. Our spines are an incredible combination of flexibility and strength. Our spine is the fundamental element holding our body together, so it’s very important to keep it mobile by conditioning the muscles and ligaments surrounding our backbone. However, the effects of backbend poses are not limited to our spine – when we arch our back, we also open through our chest, broaden through the shoulders, and stretch through the front of our body.
Due to a multitude of activities we do in our day-to day life (such as working at a desk, driving, looking at our phone, cycling, cooking etc.) many of us habitually round our backs and shoulders forward. Unfortunately, this can lead to harboring a lot of tension in our upper body, which in turn results in poor posture, as well as discomfort or pain in our back and neck. By incorporating some gentle backbends into your yoga practice you could prevent or even reverse the unpleasant symptoms.
Yoga backbends can have a powerful effect on our body and our mind.
Read on to discover the amazing benefits of backbend practice, a step-by-step guide to beginner backbends and expert advice on keeping your backbend practice safe and pain-free.