Challenging Backbends for Beginners

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Instructor Anastasia Hangemanole
Average: 4.8 (46 votes)
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This class is all about exploring backbends, from the gentle in sphinx pose (salamba bhujangasana) and cobra (bhujangasana), to the more challenging in upward facing dog (urdhvamukha shvanasana) and camel pose (ustrasana). Anastasia's care and attention help you move into the more challenging poses with stability and awareness, while balancing them with the best counter poses to keep you back feeling strong, healthy and relaxed.

Equipment: Block
Style: Hatha Yoga


Lovely way to wake up the
Yoga soul 1 month ago

Lovely way to wake up the spine

Excellent pace towards camel
Nyamyj 1 year ago

Excellent pace towards camel pose which has been a challenge for me. I even got a short upward dog going! Thank you.

Great progression to some
jmeid217 1 year ago

Great progression to some beautiful backbends! Thank you again! (And I LOVE the sloth shirt!)

Thank you!
Culpritsmom 1 year ago

I always shy away from backbends. I will continue to revisit this class until they are easy for me. Thanks again.

By the end, I felt “I can do this!”
Tesshiva 1 year ago

Step by step, your teaching got me there - I loved learning this! Your gentle humor was terrific - and the shorebird peeking over your shoulder during your intro was a good omen! Many thanks!

Thank you Anastasia. That
unclejuice19 1 year ago

Thank you Anastasia. That felt wonderful. I like your method of giving direction.

to speak or not to speak?

I am glad - it is definitely one of the challenges of teaching yoga is to know how much or how little to talk :)