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 practice starts slow and builds steadily to a sweet challenge, working through lunges, twists and core strengthening before finishing with a little hand balance and backbend work. Take your time and enjoy the ride!
This is a steady, strong flow class. We go through sun salutations and standing poses including a flowy, graceful string of poses that stretch the IT band and hip flexors. Forward bends, backbends, twists and balance poses. All in 46 minutes. Enjoy.
In this class we will warm up the body with a short flow and then we will get right into our deep divine backbends! You will receive step by step instructions on how to achieve your best heart openers no matter what level or style you practice.
Sacred Energy Arts Flow Classes are the culmination and evolution of over 30 years of Matthew’s extensive training in all of his practices and teachings. With similarities to a more traditional yoga flow class, you will discover the grace and power of the ancient martial arts practices; the balance, flexibility, and peace of Hatha yoga and the increased energy and awareness of the beautiful qigong (energy cultivation) exercises. Seamlessly moving from one discipline and expression to the next, these classes are the hallmark of Sacred Energy Arts.
Get ready to tap into your yogi super powers in this challenging practice that will leave you feeling recharged and ready to face the day! You can tone it down or amp it up in this multi-level class designed for ALL to enjoy! :)
This short flow sequence will lead you through sun salutations, a dancing warrior flow, bridge, wheel, thread the eye of the needle, reclined twists and savasana. Focus on humbling any business, noise or activity in the mind. Return home to your body, your breath, and the present moment. Enjoy, yogis!
If you're short on time but want something deep, targeted and thorough, this is for you! We build heat quickly and get right into the hips, hamstrings and shoulders, do a little twisting, back-bending and core strengthening, breathe deeply, get focused and start the day right! (I intended it as a morning practice, but you can do it any time you need a reset!)
If you feel like you're carrying tension in your shoulders, neck, upper back and/or across your chest, my goodness is this for you! That kind of holding on can spread to tightness in the jaw and eyebrows and even lead to headaches! Let's get in there and open it all up. A block and a strap would be great (you can take the class without them, though). While we approach this area and breathe it open, we'll also explore the ideas of communicating openly and honestly, and learning how to act on our own behalf. Sometimes (not always) physical holding is a manifestation of emotional holding. If you tend to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, you're going to feel a lot better after this, Atlas!