Backbends. You may love them, fear them or avoid them. But done safely they have many benefits not limited to keeping a healthy spine. In preparation for my backbending workshop (experience of yoga necessary), I have put these tips together to help your practice blossom.
- Backbends require open quads (the muscles on the front of the thighs) and hip flexors. High and low lunges are a good warm-up, so are poses like Warrior 1 and Warrior 2 that strengthen the legs and open the hips; try incorporating them into your sun salutations.