Back bends seem to be really polarizing in class. Some people love them and drop back with ease while others feel scared, rigid, and closed in when attempting back bends. I think there is an element of working through fear in our back bends. It requires an openness in the front of the body that we often avoid in daily life. We have to work through feelings of fear as we fully expose the front of the body or take the head back.
When I haven’t been practicing deeper back bends for a while I forget how amazing it can feel afterwards. I can feel a brightness in my mood and length through my whole spine. I did some deeper back bends this week, with a lot of focus on lengthening the spine, and am reminded just how integral a part of the practice they are.
I found this video as well which has some inspiring poses in it. The ever-underwear clad and terrific Briohny Smyth shows us how it’s done. She reminds us to create length in the lumbar spine, use core engagement, and find space for our back bend in the middle/upper back. If you are afraid of back bends, maybe try them at home in your smalls