Basic Backbends – Weekly Intermediate Class 35

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Focus

This class covers similar territory to its companion advanced class but is targeted towards people who are still building their experience with backbends. The 30 minute sequence does not include any inversions. Only basic equipment is used throughout the class.

Backbend techniques are initially explored in standing positions where you are instructed in how to use you legs to support your spine. Your focus will be on opening your chest without contracting your lower back.

Once into the backbend section of the class you will practice moving from downward facing dog pose to upward facing dog pose. Eventually camel pose is practiced with techniques that will allow you to methodically come deeper into the pose at your own pace.

Key Poses

Urdhva mukha svanasana, ustrasana

Equipment

Mat, blanket, block

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