This weeks class is based around the backbend dwi pada viparita dandasana. Some preparatory backbends like salabhasana and urdhva mukha svanasanan are included to create opening and elasticity in the upper back. Dwi pada viparita dandasana is then introduced initially lying back over a chair. The actions of containing the thoracic spine and lifting your shoulders are emphasised throughout all variations of the pose. This will be imperative when eventually the pose is practiced by dropping back from a headstand. Elevating your feet on a chair brings you closer to this dropping back action. In addition to lifting your shoulders, a subtle rolling action from the top of the head towards the forehead helps to maintain space and comfort in your neck.