I have been focusing on backbends in my weekly Yoga class I teach at City Hall.
We’ve been working on Ustrasana, Camel Pose.
Ustrasana is an intermediate level back bending posture and it can be challenging at first if you have a tight back. If you find it difficult to hold your heels, stay in a posture with your back supported with your hands. If you have a neck problem, keep your chin tucked in.
I practice back bending postures a few times a day when I am at work. I sit all day at my desk hunched over my computer so it’s so important for me to open up my upper body and loosen up my spine. When I’m at work, I would do standing supported back bend instead of Ustrasana.
Ustrasana is a great posture to practice if you have lower back pain too. Ustrasana has multiple benefits. The posture stretches and strengthens the shoulders, back, thighs and arms. It improves flexibility especially in the spine. It also helps improves digestion and constipation.
Heart opening and back bending postures also lift your mood as you open the heart. As you expand the chest and open the heart, it creates the space around heart which allows you to be more open to new possibilities, grow in compassion and feeling connected. It also creates space in your lungs to breathe fully and as you breathe deeper, it brings calmness to your mind. So if you are feeling down, try some heart opening postures.