This gives my next practice something to think about…
My back bending changed when I changed my mind and understanding of what back bending is. Why do we back bend? What does it do for the body physically and emotionally? It’s not necessarily about going way back, more back. It’s about decompressing the disks to free up the spinal nerves. It’s about stimulating the chakras and opening the heart, it’s finding an even liberation of the spine without favoring that more common, easier place to bend the spine.
So how do we do this? Get over your attachment to depth and fall in love with feeling your spine. Always find lift “up and over” never collapse, be precise and persistent. A healthy spine, an evolved spine, a deep back bend; these things don’t happen over night.
Kick like crazy while maintaining alignment. Kick from the inner thighs. Yes, that sounds weird but our quads are a big muscle and often takes over and pull our legs out of alignment. This leaves us only bending parts of our spine. So bring attention to the inner thigh and squeeze them in and up.
There is always one more MORE and one more UP.”
via USA Yoga Facebook, by USA Yoga Champion Gianna Purcell