backbend

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Take Back My Power Day 7: Hit The Mat

TAKE BACK MY POWER Month Day 7: HIT THE MAT. Through my yoga practice, this year especially, I have confirmed that my head, heart, and body are only at optimal function when I am hitting the yoga mat on a regular basis. Prior to this month, there have been several weeks (thankfully not consecutive) where

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Upward Facing Dog

Upward Facing Dog is a core pose in the Sun Salutation sequence and is also a great backbend.  The key is making sure your hands are directly under your shoulders once you lift and balancing on the tops of your feet to gain the most benefit from the pose. Lie face down on the floor

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Sphinx Pose

Sphinx Pose is sometimes called the “infant” of yoga backbends. It helps strengthen the spine and stimulate the abdominal organs. Lie on your belly, legs side by side. Firm your tailbone and rotate your thighs inwardly by rolling your outer thighs toward the floor. Reach actively through your toes to the wall behind you. Set