Launching Back arches from Abdominal Actions
Keeping the abdomen soft while arching back is definitely a challenge. this session attempts to do this through a series of gentle actions that activates the deeper abdominal muscles, and connects the abdomen to the limbs (the arms and the legs). The session ends with supported back arches.
Props required: a yoga chair, couple of blocks
Tag words: 70mins abdominals back arches chatuspadasana dwi pada viparita dandasana props setu bandha sarvangasana
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.