Here a few words about back-bending poses, which are related to our heart chakra, Anahata. Most typical back-bending asanas include cobra pose, cat pose, fish pose and wheel. They are not necessarily the easiest or most comfortable poses to practice, since they are so different from our daily patterns where majority of movement is forward and this can cause fear. However, there are many very good reasons to take back-bending to your daily practice.
- Improvement of spinal flexibility and posture in general
- Expanses the chest and front ribs, opens the heart and enhances deep respiration
- Exercises and massages the heart in the same way as running does!
- Invigorates nervous system, relieves nervousness, anxiety and fear
- Increases energy and counteracts depression
- With opening of spine and increased circulation provides better blood supply to nerve roots
- realign and reinforce the ligaments of the knees and ankles
Back injury, lordosis, pregnancy, headache, high or low blood pressure
“If you have a good spine, the gods will chase you. Nobody has psychological or emotional problems, everyone has a bad spine.”