Bending over Backwards: Stay Safe in Your Yoga Practice

April 11, 2012

Backbend By Rachel Krentzman, PT, E-RYT for Active.com  April 2012

Backbends are an integral part of any Yoga practice.  The intention for backbends is to open the chest and rib cage in preparation for pranayama (breathwork).  For some, backbends are exhilarating and freeing while for others, they can be somewhat daunting and anxiety-producing.  For the first few years of my Yoga practice, I would experience back pain in most back bending postures and assumed that it was a ‘normal sensation’.  The truth is, if done correctly, backbends should be challenging but comfortable.  If you are not experiencing freedom in our backbends, it is a sign that you may be compressing our lumbar spine instead of increasing our range of motion.

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