Let’s face it, backbends can be quite emotionally and physically challenging. They’re the opposite of our normal, every day activities; sitting at a desk or car, carrying or lifting kids with a rounded flexed spine.
It’s because they reverse these habitual motions that they are so healing; opening up space, energising and creating balance to our bodies and lives.
They’re also an awful lot of fun and incredibly liberating once you learn how to use and integrate your muscles to keep you safe and strong yet open in backbends.
Expect to open up our afternoon practice with energising pranayama (breathwork) and Kriya cleansing to fire us up to and set the right tone for an afternoon of fun and challenging back bending.
Functional flow warm up to follow to create the heat and openness needed to explore in a deeper fashion backbends for all body types and abilities; emphasis on the shoulders, core, sidebody and hip flexors – essential to grow your backbend safely.
We’ll then move into a more workshop based setting with plenty of group and paired demonstration. Building solid foundations around correct alignment, we’ll explore the important but often overlooked details on how to really access the upper back and how to open the front of the body with care.
Building on the biomechanics explored (the how and what part of our body is working) and modifications available, expect to progress deeper into our back bends.
Expect to be challenged, expect your backbend transform .. but most of all expect to to have a lot of fun and feel energised by end of the afternoon .