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Course Level: Gentle

Gentle Exploration of Back Arches: Purvottanasana and Ustrasana

399.00 for 1 month

This session prepares the arms and shoulder leading to the back arches purvottanasana and ustrasana, with options for doing these asana with supports.

Level: Gentle

Duration: 90min

Props needed: Bolster, blankets, a couple of yoga blocks, a sturdy chair, a yoga strap

Tag words: 90mins arms back arches backbends backward extensions prop use purvottanasana shoulders supported ustrasana

If one is already suffering from an ailment/ weakness of the back, back arches might sometimes not be advisable.  But for everyone else, it is highly recommended to make a regular practice of back arches a part of ones asana practice – whether simple or complex/ advanced.  A regular practice of arching back helps in maintaining the elasticity and mobility of the spine, improves posture, improves the nervous system, is therapeutic for various physiological and psychological conditions, and brings about a sense of exhileration and upliftment.

Especially in the Iyengar system of practice, there is an immense scope for exploration of back arches: preparatory positions give a flavour and many of the benefits of back arches even to those for whom these positions might not be advisable, the final asanas have been dissected so that parts can be practiced in isolation. this brings focus to specific areas and actions.  Props make possible those positions that might otherwise be inaccessible, and they also make possible longer stays in back arches.

People with back injury/ weakness are advised to proceed with caution, and use supports where recommended.

People with cervical (neck) and shoulder weakness are advised to be cautious when taking the head back – a support for the back of the neck is recommended.