Backbend Xtreme

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Packed with transformative details and crucial alignments, this is a beautiful exploration of the hows and whys of backbends. A truly unique teaching.
Welcome to a truly unique exploration of various yogic backbends! Learn key pedagogical details, and enhance your mastery by learning to use specific props that create understanding of how to further shape the body in optimum alignment based ways. Packed with asana-enhancing adjustments and rare details. This sequence leads the practitioner on a journey of spinal flexibility and vibrant heart openings. Starting with a light warm up that opens the outer body, the teaching moves straight into Sirsasana I immediately heating the spine and quieting the brain. This is followed by some Downward Dogs interspersed with Standing Poses before taking us into supine work for the first layer of upper back/dorsal spine opening. Continuing with kneeling upper back heart openers, using a variety of different props (straps, blocks and a wall) in super interesting ways to create the experience of crucial points of connection that support alert postural movement. Each pose opens to the next culminating in Sirsasana drop-backs to Viparita Dandasana. This vibrancy smoothly transitions into supine hip/groin/lumbar releasers bringing neutrality and evenness, before a final pratyaharic Karnapidasana and a healing Savasana.

Class Structure: Yoga Mudrasana in Vajrasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Uttanasana, Tadasana, Shoulder Openers, Sirsasana I, Yoga Mudrasana in Vajrasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Parsvottanasana, Pada Hastasana, Supta Virasana, Paryankasana with block x2, Parvatasana in Vajrasana, Usturasana with blocks, Usturasana, Usturasana with wall x3, Supta Padmasana, Matsyasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana, Urdhva Dhanurasana with strap and wall, Urdhva Dhanurasana into Viparita Dandasana, Sirsasana into Viparita Dandasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana, Supine Gomukhasana III, Supta Padangusthasana, Dvi Pada Supta Pavana Muktasana, Halasana, Karnapidasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Savasana.

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