One of our favorite back bends at Yogis Anonymous! Upward bow is a beautiful "heart opener", or front body opener that requires lots of leg strength, and the ability to straighten your arms when you lift up. If it's hard to straighten the arms, take bow pose, as that will open the muscles fascia and tissue that are making it difficult to straighten the arms in upward bow. Try to create equal space between the vertebrae. Think of the spine like you would a garden hose--try not to "kink" the hose, so you don't block the flow of energy!
Ready to work it?
Here are some classes featuring Upward Bow or Wheel Pose.
This is a great practice for days when you have some time to open deeply. We pay special attention to the shoulders, chest, upper back, neck, jaw...if you're feeling tension in these areas, this is for you. We also do lots of core work, hip and hamstring opening, standing balance, arm balance and inversions. Yoga Nidra in savasana is the cherry on top! Intermediate yogis welcome, just listen to your body.
We start chilling in Reclined Bound Angle pose on blocks. The class gradually picks up steam with twists, core work, standing poses and sun salutations. We add more hips, side plank and some balance poses. You are sure to get a full, balanced practice. Enjoy!
Hello friends, if you are craving a practice that will deeply open your shoulders, chest, upper back and quadriceps so you can find freedom in those areas and explore backbends...along with some deep hip-and-hamstring opening once you're warm, this is for you! You can count on core strengthening and inversions as well, along with mindful breathing and grounding.
Oh, hello there! Were you looking for an energizing, heat-building flow that would get your heart-pumping and open up every major muscle group with special attention on your hips, hamstrings and shoulders? Did I say hips? Did you want something extra to fire up your core and leave you feeling amazing when you're in savasana? Well, then, you've come to the right place! Woot!
Perfect for days when you want to build some good heat, increase your energy, open deeply and release tension from every major muscle group! We do some extra fiery core and play with handstands if you're feeling it! A sweet cool-down leads us into a delightful savasana. Enjoy, yogis!
Sometimes it's good to take a little pit stop and get under the hood to make sure everything is running properly. That's what this practice is... a little check-in and tune-up for mind, body and soul. Enjoy!
This class combines deep stretches for the hips, quads and back with standing poses and sun salutations for strength and stability. We warm up on the floor with some core work and hips. Once standing we'll flow with sun salutations and standing poses that incorporate strength and balance. Twists and backbends follow before we cool down for savasana.
If you're looking for a deep exploration into backbending, you've come to the right place, yogis! We're going to talk about proper shoulder placement and glute engagement, things to watch out for, and tools to discover YOUR deepest backbend! We will work toward vipariti dandasana, but if that feels like too much, believe me you will have plenty of options! Get ready to open your heart wide up :)