Backbends with Yoga Ropes – Part 1

Backbends with Yoga Ropes – Part 1

Practicing backbends on the Yoga ropes brings an amazing stretch to the front of the body and connective tissues. Backbends on the Yoga ropes feel particularly great first thing in the morning after a night of sleep immobilization. Practice back bends on the ropes before and after a pose practice, after periods of sitting and after sports that close the front of the body, such as hockey.

Backbends with Yoga Ropes – Part 1

Backbends open the front structures of the body, stretch the front longitudinal ligament of the spine and releases the ribs for better respiration. Stretching the front body is too often forgotten in favor of arms forward tasks. The ribs hang forward from the vertical axis of the body, to resist gravity the paraspinal muscles of the spine contract to keep one upright, add weakened abdominal muscles and an enlarged stomach and the load on the back increases exponentially. As the back muscles assist the back bend in a balanced manner make certain to continuously lengthen the spine. Do continue to engage the abdominals; do not jam the low back by allowing the guts to just fall forward. Remain connected from toes to fingertips, heals to head. Using the ropes to back bend allows complete control with smooth movement. The hands tighten and loosen to slide down the rope and manage the speed of arching. The biceps tighten to come out of the pose. Keep the heels pressing down against the wall to keep a firm foundation. Think about elongating from the heels to hands. Ears of the head keep alignment with upper arms. Open the chest while engaging the abdominal, resist the tendency to relax the abs. Breath through the nostrils if possible in a slow relaxed manner. Those with herniated and prolapsed discs should consult with a health care professional before practicing backbends.

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