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Backbends

Backbends are thought to be beneficial for counteracting symptoms of depression. Individuals with depression have a tendency to have the chest collapsing inward & shoulders slumping forward.

Backbends allow the chest to expand and oxygen to flow freely into the lungs for deeper breathing. Backbends are also associated with changes in ANS activity: increased vagal tone & slower heart rate.

BENEFITS

  • boosts mood & energy
  • opens shoulders & chest
  • increases lung capacity
  • stimulates thymus gland (role in immune function)
  • strengthens back muscles
  • lengthens quadricep & hamstring muscles

POSES

COUNTER POSES

  • forward folds
  • twists

PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Injuries of neck & lower-back with backbend postures have been reported and are most often the result of an aggressive and overzealous practice. 

Injuries: vertebral compression & nerve impingement.

Avoid neck injury

slowly allow the head drop only after achieving maximum arch in thoracic spine

Avoid lower-back injury 
  • move slowly & warm-up the spine
  • practice postures with a lesser degree of spinal extension poses (cobra & bridge)
  • use yoga blocks for support

NOW is the time for yoga!

Yoga Sutra 1.1

PRACTICE CHILLASANA

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