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.
- boosts mood & energy
- opens shoulders & chest
- increases lung capacity
- stimulates thymus gland (role in immune function)
- strengthens back muscles
- lengthens quadricep & hamstring muscles
- bhujangasana (cobra)
- salabhasana (locust)
- urdvha mukha svanasana (up-dog)
- urdvha danurasana (wheel)
- ustrasana (camel pose)
- forward folds
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
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