Many yoga enthusiasts, often those newly bitten by the yoga bug , or those who form an instant addiction to the ever fashionable Bikram or “hot 26” classes, complain about back pain and specifically pain that they get from back-bending.
Not all teachers emphasise the technique of poses, some focus on alignment and technique – and some focus on ambiance and limit the use of their voice.
Sadly for a beginner yogi, the latter option can leave them using the weight of their body to achieve backbends rather than engaging the muscles in their trunk and building core stability.
In the following quick little video I highlight the technique used to safely achieve a standing backbend and will help you avoid the pain some people feel after their yoga class.
I hope that you found it useful.
It was filmed for Russell Athletic on location in Camps Bay by Warren McCarthy of Seed media.
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