BACKWARD BENDING POSES
Backward bending poses are stimulating and extrovert. Since they expand the chest and encourage inhalation, they are associated with the attitude of embracing life. On physical level backward bending poses stretch the abdominal muscles and tones and strengthen the muscles controlling the spine, helping 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 stacked pile of vertebrae and discs. Maintenance of the spine in a straight and aligned position despite all movement depends on the contraction and tone of the muscles. Research has shown that 90% of the backache has its origin in the muscular imbalance. If these imbalances are prolonged then the stack pile of vertebral column is misaligned, the ligaments are strained and symptoms of sodalities slip disk, sciatica and osteoarthritis begin to manifest.
Impure blood has tendency to accumulate in the back region, where circulation tends to be sluggish due to continuous maintenance of an upright position. These Poses help to circulate, purify and enrich the blood in this region.
Backward bending poses crate a negative pressure in the abdomen and pelvis, helping neuro-circulatory toning of all the related organs. They also massage the abdomen and pelvis organs by stretching the muscles in the area, especially the rectus and abdominal.
Lie down on your abdomen with forehead resting on the floor, feet together and toes pointing toe the wall behind you. Bend the arms and place the forearm on the floor with palms touching the floor. Finger tips pointing forward and in line with the crown of your head. Forearm and elbows are close to the body.
Relax your entire body.
Lift the head up, lift the chest up and push your shoulders down. Elbows, forearm and palms remain on the floor.
Relax in this position for comfortable length of time and slowly lower your chest.
Breathing: Inhale while you lift your head and chest up. Exhale while you lower your chest to the floor. Breathe normally in the final position. Do not hold your breath.
Duration: Hold the position for a minute or so. Practice 4-5 times.
Awareness: relax the back
Benefits: Good for stiff back, backache, slipped disc.
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