Backward bending Asanas

 
ushtrasana
supta vajrasana full
asanas

backward bending Asana
from asana, pranayama, mudra bandha
swami satyananda sarasvat i
bihar school of yoga, india

   

The backward bending Asanas are stimulating and extroverting, because they expand the chest and encourage inhalation, they are associated with the attitude of embracing life. They are dynamic postures which require strength and energy to perform.  Some people are known to bend over backwards to please others and these people often have the same ability on the physical level.  Those who have difficulty in bending backwards, may be frightened to face life.  Their effects reach far into the depths of the mental and psychic bodies, helping to reshape the body and  personality.  

On a physical level, the backward bending Asanas stretch the abdominal muscles and tone and strengthen the muscles controlling the spine, helping prevent slipped disc and other back conditions. The spinal nerves, which emerge from between the adjoining vertebrae, are also toned. This has beneficial repercussions throughout the body since these nerves give energy to all the other nerves, organs and muscles in the body.  The spinal column is a 'stacked pile' of vertebrae and discs. groups of muscles extend all along it, covering and supporting it from all sides. The muscles themselves are controlled unconsciously through posture, subconscious tensions and 'hang-ups' are often reflected in the tonic activity of the back muscles.  The practice of backward bending Asanas can correct postural defects and neuromuscular imbalances of the vertebral column.  As with all Asanas it is important to perform these practices with proper control and synchronisation of the breath so that the whole group of muscles is uniformly contracted.

Impure blood has a tendency to accumulate in the back region where circulation tends to be sluggish due to continuous maintenance of an upright position. These Asanas will help to circulate, purify and enrich the blood in this region.  Backward bending Asanas create a negative pressure in the abdomen and pelvis, helping neuro-circulatory toning of all the related organs.  They also massage the abdomen and pelvic organs by stretching the muscles in this area, especially the rectus abdomini.


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