Asana; Backward Bend


Choose 1 of the 5 Backward Bends

…..simple ———————————————–> less simple…..

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After you have chosen a backward bend go the next category: side stretch
Or go back to previous category: forward bend
Or go back to: Asana Chart

…remember, remember, remember…

* It is Shakti / Self / Brahman moving out as intelligence, mind, breath, and body.
* The mind leads the breath, and the breath leads the movement.
* You cannot do this wrong, let your inner wisdom (buddhi) to guide you. Stay within your capacity.
* Generally the inhale is used when you move against gravity (when you push up, move upwards or raise something) and generally the exhale is used when you move with gravity (when you release, move downward or let go).
* Moving the body is done so it is able to sit motionless, comfortable, steady,
and stable for meditation (Yoga Sutra 2.46). Yogasanas are practiced so you can sit in the meditation asana, all asanas are in service of your meditation asana.
* Sushumna awakening is the first goal during a meditation session.

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Backward Bend choice number 1:

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Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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Step 6:

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Backward Bend choice number 2:

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Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Backward Bend choice number 3:

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Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Backward Bend choice number 4:

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Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Backward Bend choice number 5:

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Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Go to the next category; side stretch