Our spines are made to move in six directions: forward, backward, side to side, and twisting both ways. In yoga, we prioritise a healthy range of movement in all directions for the spine in order to optimise physical and emotional wellbeing.
Not only is our spine home base to our spinal column and central nervous system, it is also the physical location of the major energy centres within the Pranic body (chakras).
Through mindful movement of the spine, we can encourage a healthy flow of energy (Prana) which can have a positive impact on the quality of our life.
Backbending postures stretch the front of the body and stimulate the nervous system and can have an energising effect. The heart opening physical action can teach us to be more open and inspire us to embrace vulnerability, love, and compassion.
To get there start with small modified bends to eventually get you into a full, stretching back bend with benefits, whichever pose that is.
Take your time without skipping crucial moments – whether you are practicing yoga or pilates, cross-fit, lifting weights
or finding another way to kick your own ass, pace yourself.
Let your story unravel, you need all of it to be strongest version of yourself.
No rushing into inversions you never done – this can be traumatic for your body and mind, but you need to understand how to get there, yourself…
Write your own story, the body of preparation work.
It’s the safest and smartest way to do anything in this life.