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Course Level: Gentle

Brisk and Supported – A Gentle Way to Practice Back Arches

299.00 for 1 month

A brisk and energetic session of supported back arches.  Can be done by itself, but we recommend this  after th preparation (of the previous session in this Short Course.

Can be done as a stand-alone session, we recommend doing the session Preparing for a Gentle Back Arches Practice: Hips, Knees, Ankles as a preparation.

Level: Gentle

Duration: 45min

Props needed: a sturdy chair, yoga strap, couple of blocks, few firm blankets that can be folded and stacked to adjust the height of the seat, access to a wall


Tag words: 45mins ankles back arches backbends baddhakonasana bhekasana hips knees upavistha konasana urdhva mukha svanasana

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.