Challenging Backbends for Beginners

Anastasia Hangemanole
Instructor Anastasia Hangemanole
Average: 4.8 (49 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


ShesARainbow 1 month ago

I’m really loving Anastasia’s style here lately. This was a perfect progression to updog for me... I’m so happy I did it! I am going to keep practicing using this as a reference.

Ritasans 5 months ago

To add to my other comment, this was a great class for backbends. I will definitely come back to it! I was actually able to do a camel pose!

Ritasans 5 months ago

The other day I checked out the bloopers and I was so happy to see that yoga instructors are not always perfect. I especially love today; it made me laugh in the middle of my practice. Thank you Anastasia for a lovely class and for being real.

Nyamyj 2 years ago

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

jmeid217 2 years ago

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

Culpritsmom 2 years ago

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

Tesshiva 2 years 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!

unclejuice19 2 years ago

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

Anastasia Hange... 2 years ago

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