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:
- Starting in Mountain Pose, place your hands relaxed by your sides, with your feet hip width apart.
- 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.
- 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),
- 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.
- 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.
- Inhale, and return to mountain pose with your palms at your sides or in prayer pose at your chest.