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BACKBENDS

A backbend a day...

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Bridge pose is a great backbend to start off with when you're new to yoga or if you have tight shoulders.

Stretch the whole front of the body in Purvottanasana, while opening the chest and shoulders.

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The classic "backbend," Urdhva Dhanurasana mobilizes the spine, opens the hips and shoulders, and strengthens the legs, energizing the entire body.

The next progression after Urdhva Dhanurasana in Ashtanga yoga is dropback/standup. Overcome your fears and learn to ground through the feet and legs in this dynamic and fun movement. 

One of the keys to this move and all of Ashtanga yoga practice is coordinating breath to movement. Exhale down, inhale up. The breath initiates and guides the movement.

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