Backbends strengthen and stretch our physical bodies, improve posture, release emotional tension, and can even help us overcome our fears by opening our hearts. Full Body Backbends is ideal for intermediate yogis looking to learn safe alignment in their bends, or those who want to revisit foundational techniques of backbends. Steph creates a space for students to safely explore the benefits of backbends while increasing mobility and flexibility in the spine.
Included in this series are five 30-40 minute skill building classes that help you overcome common roadblocks to deeper backbends. You will learn to find activation across your back chain, build strength and stability in your shoulders, create lift in your pelvic area, and lengthen your side body. These targeted classes are designed to be revisited many times in order to focus attention on the areas you need the most support in. The final class in this plan is a 60-minute flow class that incorporates techniques practiced in the skill building classes and prepares students for forearm wheel.
No matter which modifications or progressions you practice in the series, opening your heart to the world as you bend is an act of courage that will stay with you on and off the mat.