Introducing Backbends – Weekly Intermediate Class 61

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Focus

This class will be ideal for students who are newer to backbends. Fundamental techniques and concepts are introduced and explored through a range of poses. At the beginning of the class you will work with standing poses that help to contain your upper back, and open your chest, without adding stress to your lower back. Several preparatory backbends are then introduced that will help to strengthen the muscles that run alongside your spine. The strengthening benefit of these poses is emphasised with multiple repetitions held for shorter time durations. The class culminates with a look at the kneeling backbend ustrasana.

This class will help to consolidate a basic understanding of backbends. It will also help to build strength and elasticity in your spine, arms and legs. From a traditional yoga perspective, backbends are thought to stimulate physical and mental energy levels. They are often popular among yoga practitioners for this reason.

Key Poses

salabhasana, dhanurasana, ustrasana

Equipment

Mat, bolster, 2 blankets, 2 blocks

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