Backbends (Urdvha Dhanurasana) – Weekly Intermediate Class 204

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Here is a class to help if you are someone who struggles to lift up into backbends like urdhva dhanurasana. It is very common for people to experience difficulty with this action. Although it may feel as if this problem is caused by the inability to lift your own body weight, in actual fact it might be that you are not positioning your arms in a way that maximises your skeletal strength. This class troubleshoots some of the common reasons for having difficulty with backbends like  urdhva dhanurasana. In particular it includes variations that help you to set your arms, shoulders and shoulder blades into an alignment that is naturally strong and capable of generating lift.

Key Poses

Urdhva dhanurasana.


Mat, chair, bolster, blanket, 2 blocks, belt.

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