The Fundamentals of Backbends

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 4.7 (15 votes)
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In this beginner class with Rachel, we will explore the key actions necessary to practice backbending postures safely and effectively. You will learn how to stabilize your lower back in order to properly and safely explore these wonderful heart opening postures. Note: A strap is optional for this practice.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 8 of Grounding and Strength 14-Day Beginner Yoga Challenge.

The Fundamentals of Backbends Full Playlist (to be played with the class)

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Equipment: Block
Style: Hatha Yoga


oakhazel 3 months ago

Great instructions! Very enjoyable - I do find it disconcerting to go straight into a class without centering.
Thank you.

sra_swn 4 months ago

This is what good teaching is all about, great verbal cues, sense of humor combined with expertise. I felt my body learning correct positions. I am grateful for this class in body, mind and spirit. Namaste, Rachel.

montessorimum 4 months ago

Rachel, your instruction is perfectly wonderful, and wonderfully prefect! Your knowledge of anatomy shines through in each class — even here, your cues about alignment, pelvis tilt, leg extending & lengthening — each provides me the gentle reminder to adjust and deepen to improve my stretch. And, your lighthearted humor delivers a smile to each class spent with you; in this one, I loved every moment from clawing like a cat to creating cactus arms. Highly recommend!

Rachel Scott 4 months ago

Yay! I'm so glad that you have enjoyed the class :) I really can't think of a better way to describe that action than "kitty cat on a screen door" LOL~ Glad you enjoyed :)

Neita 5 months ago

Thank you; fantastic instruction! I especially appreciated seeing you demonstrate the subtle shifts in body movements. I would think "Ahh, I get it now!" Now I realize I go thru life with my pelvis tilted; I need to work on lengthening while engaging my glutei.