What Is Bending Yoga?
Backbends, or Uttanasana, are some of the most rewarding yet challenging exercises in yoga.
Even with experience, bending yoga can be difficult to do.
Our spines are meant to bend both forwards and back, but bending backwards isn’t common in the modern day.
Sitting in chairs all day is good for making the spine stay upright in neutral, or bend forward in flexion. But there's not a lot of natural reasons to go into extension, or bending back.
As a result, our bodies need practice and preparation in order to safely do backbends. Jumping into bending yoga straight away is asking for injury.
Why Bother With Uttanasana Then?
Simple, because the list of benefits is astonishing.
Plus so many more!
Yes, back bend yoga is hard to do, but with a list of benefits like that how can you resist? Sure, there are plenty of other exercises in the world that will keep you healthy. Just think of all the other yoga poses alone.
Making your way towards backbends are worth the trouble.
The challenge of the exercise is matched by the payoff for doing it properly. Practicing deep bends makes the body feel more energized. It also relieves stress.
This makes it a great boost to start a slow morning, or the perfect way to wind down after a rough day.
But really, it’s super beneficial at any time of the day. By practicing Uttanasana you improve not only your physical wellbeing, but also your mental wellbeing.
How To Start Learning Uttanasana
We hope that learning backbends in yoga sounds interesting to you. The next step becomes finding a course that will teach you the backbends in yoga from the beginning. This can be a daunting task, but Fitstreams has the perfect course to prepare for and do backbends.
With the Foundation of Deep Bending Yoga course, taught by Paul Menard, you will have 3-classes that will take you from learning the backbend to actually performing one.
While no prior knowledge is needed to take the course, learning the basics of yoga is recommended. Going through the Introduction to Yoga course on Fitstreams can set you up with the ideal foundation if needed.
Foundation of Deep Bending Yoga:
Class 1 teaches a warm up sequence to deepen the range of motion in the shoulders and hips.
Class 2 further expands on the exercises taught in class 1, and adds postures like upward plank, upward facing dog, and camel.
Class 3 explores deeper stretches to fully open the body and back.
Towards the end, students will move toward Urdhva Dhanurasana (a posture sometimes referred to as full wheel).
So Now You Know Why Bending Yoga Is The Effort
Backbends are a challenging but rewarding exercise in yoga. Spine extension has a lot of benefits for the body, from improving posture to relieving pain. It's an exercise that can counteract all the forward bending we do in modern life, but it requires some practice and preparation to do safely.
The Fitstreams Foundations to Deep Bending Yoga course is a great way to learn backbends from the comfort of your own home. The course will go from preparing you for the exercise to teaching you how to do it yourself.
Find the Foundations to Deep Bending Yoga class here, and don’t forget to take advantage of the free 14-day trial. You’ll have full access to this class, Intro to Yoga, and all of the classes Fitstreams has to offer.
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What are yoga backbends good for?
Backbends are good for strengthening the back, shoulders, chest, and hips. They also help improve mobility, flexibility, and lengthens the spine. All of which improves posture. Bending also helps relieve tension, tightness, and pain.
What is forward bending asanas?
Forward Bending Asana is known as Uttanasana, or Standing Forward Bend.