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Improve Your Backbends

Sometimes backbends can be difficult and even hard on your low back. Here are some tips to improve your backbends in your yoga practice:

  • Try to get into your upper back and open up your thoracic spine by pressing your chest up. Think of arching your upper back, rather than your lower back, in poses such as wheel, camel, and bridge pose.

  • In all backbends, keep the knees and feet as wide as your hips. Try not to open your knees or feet too far to keep your low back supported.

  • Finally, make sure your shoulders are pulling down away from the ears. Prevent hunching during backbends by imagining proper posture in your backbends: keep your shoulders back.

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