Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

  • The upper back plays a critical role in deeper back bending asanas. When we practice backbends, we are inviting the spine to arch in a way that it doesn’t normally do in our daily lives. As we arch the spine, the thoracic spine (upper back) has to extend and open up to allow the shoulders to move back and the chest to lift.
  • In addition, the upper back is where many of our major organs are located, including the heart and lungs. When we practice deeper backbends, we create more space in the chest and ribcage, which can help to improve breathing and circulation, and support overall health and well-being.
  • However, if we don’t have the strength and mobility to support the upper back in deeper backbends, we can put undue stress on the lower back and hips, which can lead to discomfort or injury. Therefore, it’s important to prepare the upper back for deeper backbending asanas through a balanced practice that includes poses that strengthen and mobilize the upper back, as well as the hips and legs.
  • Some poses that can help to prepare the upper back for deeper backbending include Cow Face pose, Sphinx pose, and Cobra pose. It’s also important to work with a knowledgeable teacher who can guide you in safe and effective backbending practices, and offer modifications and variations as needed to support your individual needs and abilities. With practice and patience, you can develop the strength and mobility to support deeper backbending, and enjoy the many benefits that come with this challenging and rewarding practice.

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