Backward bends are exhilarating movements
In our everyday lives, we often bend forward and not backwards. This is the reason we are more comfortable with the forward bends and uncomfortable with the backward bends. The back of the body becomes the unknown part and that is why backward bending asanas are difficult. Many experience stiffness and pain, resistance and fear. But with the right attitude, guidance of a competent teacher and the use of props such as wall, table, chair, blocks and cushions we can overcome the resistance. Repetitive practice will create deeper awareness, better inner adjustments and more stability and comfort. There will be no rigidity or fear.
Benefits: Backward bends, refurbish and energise the body and mind. On the physical level, they correct a double chin, a hunched back, drooping shoulders, sagging breasts, back pain and respiratory problems. On the mental level, they eliminate fear, anxiety and depression, and improve alertness and confidence. The spine is properly aligned and strengthened, the lungs and heart are expanded and energised, abdomen and pelvis are stretched and nourished and the brain and endocrine glands are stimulated and refreshed.
Beginners can start their practice with standing backward bends and gradually move to the reclining and sitting backward bends.