Vibe & Flex Yoga Challenge Day 12: Standing Backward Bend Pose

Jah Guide. Welcome to Day 12 of the Vibe & Flex Yoga Challenge. A challenge about your personal yoga growth. Personal yoga growth here is your mental, physical and spiritual journey to a better healthy and flexible you.

Yesterday’s pose, Seated Arching Pigeon Pose  was challenging but it felt oh so good.

Backward bend pose (1)

Benefits:

  • Stretches the back
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Brings natural flexion to spine
  • Improves breathing
  • Relieves chronic back and neck pain

How To Standing Backwards Bend Pose:

  1. Start in Mountain Pose, with your hands relaxed by your side an your legs positioned under your shoulders.
  2. Lift your arms towards the ceiling with your fingertips spread apart. You want to look in the direction of your fingertips.
  3. Begin to slowly lean backwards pushing yourself past the “I think I’m going to fall” feeling and hold.
  4. Engage your core muscles. and gaze through  your fingertips.
  5. Come back up keeping your hands in the air, then slowly bring them down by your sides.

*Hold this pose for 20-30 seconds. You can work your way up to a full back bend*

Modifications:

  • Use the wall. When you take your arms backwards, stand close enough to the wall so that you can use it to walk yourself lower.

 

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