Yoga with Melissa 132 Beginner Yoga: Backbends

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Beginners-Yoga-for-BackbendsThis week we are practicing yoga backbends. Specifically we will be working up to a backbend called Camel Pose with lots of modifications and options. To get there we will practice lots of side-bends and twists to limber up our spine and prepare it to bend backwards. We will also be opening up the fronts of our hips to prepare our bodies for our peak pose, Camel. Camel opens your heart and your throat, two areas that we humans quite naturally like to keep protected. Opening these areas requires a willingness to surrender to vulnerability. To do that we will root deeply into the stability of the ground. Props needed 1 block. Thank you for leaving your comments on Youtube and Rating us on Itunes. Thank you for making us Canada’s Most Popular Free One Hour Online Yoga Show!

Today’s yoga class is designed for the absolute beginner. You can do this class if you have never done a yoga class before in your life. I will give you slow, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and tell you exactly how to get in and out of each and every pose. Detailed instructions will be given for even the most basic poses and how to breathe. You will be given lots of cues of how to pay attention to your body and where to feel the effects of the yoga poses. You do not have to be athletic, flexible, strong, balanced, skinny or coordinated to do this class. The slow, step-by-step instructions will give you the confidence to let go of your self-judgment and stay focused with commitment and motivation.

Members do the Upper Back Rehydration Sequence before this class:

Props Needed: 1 block

Yoga Postures/Asanas: Reclined Side Bend or Supta Ardha Chandrasana Reclined Knees to Chest Twist or Jathara Parivartanasana, Cat Pose or Marjaryasana, Thread the Needle, Lunge Pose or Anjaneyasana, Standing Twist, Ardha Chandrasana or Standing Side Bend, Standing Quad Stretch or Modified Natarajasana, Warrior One or Virabhadrasana One, Wide legged forward fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Ustrasana or Camel Pose, Childs pose or balasana, Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Head beyond Knee pose or Janu sirsasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose

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