Standing Backbend- #IYOGLAXFLEXUARY

Hello My Beautiful People! Today’s pose, Standing Backbend, teaches us to stand tall when faced with what may beat us down-we bend don’t break. Open up and find what you’ve been looking for. This pose is a great chest opener, allowing the positive energies to flow through your chest, energizing your entire body.

Step By Step Standing Backbend:

  1. Starting in Mountain Pose, place your hands relaxed by your sides, with your feet  hip width apart.
  2. Place your palms on your lower back. Make sure your finger tips are pointing towards the ground, while you draw your elbows in and together, engage your muscles and breathing here for 3-6 breathes.
  3. Inhale deeply as you lift your spine tall as if there’s a string being pulled from the top of your head (If you touch the center of your head, it can help you feel where you should be lifting),
  4. Exhale slowly, arching backwards. Try pushing yourself past the “I think I’m going to fall” feeling, but comfortable enough to not hurt yourself or fall over. Keep your gaze forward and slowly drop your head all the way back.
  5. Engage your core muscles, keeping steady by your distributing your weight throughout both feet. You want to keep your neck in line with your spine, not to either side. Hold here for 4-8 deep breathes, focusing on deepening your back and opening your heart.
  6. Inhale, and return to mountain pose with your palms at your sides or in prayer pose at your chest.



A Matr3Moni Reminder:

“NO MATTER WHAT, it’s your body and your choice.”

Please be careful while practicing; If you have prior injuries be extremely mindful of every movement and how it affects your body. By now you know your body and the difference between your pain and your stretch, so again, be careful.

Along with being mindful while practicing, you also have to be mindful of what is going on in the inside of your body and mental/spiritual realms. You can work your body in such a positive way and still counter the positive vibes by not having healthy habits and/or awareness. Do not fight against yourself, find ways to incorporate wellness habits into your daily activities. Start trying new activities that engage all of your core muscles, and then some that you didn’t know you weren’t working already.

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