Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Back Bending Bliss

497 classes (14 advanced) in 480 days.

“Drop your head back. You’re back is going to hurt like hell!” Words I hear every day in class. When I first started, backbends were high on my list of least favorite postures, which of course means that I really needed them. I still need them, but at least I enjoy them more these days.

A while ago I started doing “wall walking” which I blogged about previously, then of course I entered a whole new realm of back bending when I started doing advanced. There is no shortage of great postures to back bend and work your back. Recently I was able to do back bending to the floor, which we do in advanced. It’s basically like the back bend from the normal class except your feet and legs are apart and you bend back backwards until you land on your hands on the floor. It’s absolutely terrifying at first but with a little practice it gets easier and you get over your fear. Then you get the benefits, which are your back feeling good and also a massive head rush which makes you feel fantastic. The first time I did the back bend to the floor I was hooked. It’s addicting actually.

So here’s to more and more back bending bliss!


  1. Backbending unlocks a pretty magical and SCARY world for me. When I did Ashtanga, we did some crazy stuff--wall walking, Scorpion prep, etc. I'm glad you like 'em and are going for it! They're so empowering even as they're a little frightening.

  2. Empowering is a great way to describe it.

  3. Im afraid to just wall walk. I guess I should start somewhere though! :)