Life has been pretty crazy these last couple weeks, as you might have been able to tell from the lack of noise you’ve all received from me on here. Endless to-do lists and tasks normally tend to lead me towards stress and anxiety.
Backbends can be one of the best cures for acute of even chronic anxiety. Which you may not believe me right off the bat when I say that. Do you ever feel anxious, nervous, or worrisome when in a backbend? But the short term feeling right after is relief and calmness. A consistent yoga practice that contains backbends can also reap long term benefits of helping to not only relieve anxiety but also increase the body’s resilience to it. The consistent practice can also potentially eliminate chronic back pain.
We bend forward all day long, as we’re sitting at our desk, driving in our cars, or even walking down the street. Our spines have a complete range of motion, so we should be able to bend forward comfortably but we need to make sure we’re balancing that consistent forward bending with back bending to restore the spines natural flexibly and reduce injury.
Aside from balancing the spine, backbends can also help to improve breathing, open up and stretch the front body, abdominal muscles, and internal organs, build strength and trust, compress and flush the kidneys, and even relieve insomnia and restlessness.
In the above photo, I am practicing Wheel pose but there are multiple other poses that help to incorporate back bending into your practice:
- Bow Pose
- Cow Pose
- Upward Facing Dog
- Reverse Tabletop
- King Pigeon Pose
- Sphinx Pose
- Wild Thing
Try out a few of these consistently and let me know what benefits you start to experience!