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Wednesday Advanced Term 2 (Releasing Tension with Backbends)

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This is a well-rounded class which will be split into two parts: the warm-up (standing poses) and the main part (backbends).

Wednesday Advanced Term 2 (Releasing Tension with Backbends)
Wednesday Advanced Term 2 (Releasing Tension with Backbends)

In today’s session, we’ll be focussing on backbends. You will need some extra props today, as we will be paying extra attention to the ways in which our bodies interact with surfaces. Among these, you will need a chair, which we’ll be using in the second half of the class to help us practice the motions involved in Urdhva Dhanurasana. To be more precise, we will look at three different variations of this pose before going into the full backbend.

Of course, Urdhva Dhanurasana isn’t the only pose we’ll be focussing on today. We will look at a wide range of backbends in the second half of the class, from Urdhva Mukha Svanasana and Salabhasana to Chatushpadasana and Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana.

In the first half of the class, we will mostly go through some standing poses as we look for ways to open up our body (both front and back) and iron out the tension that we accumulate throughout the day. To ensure we open up more evenly, we will do some variations using wall support.

Overall, this will be a well-rounded class that will help you bring energy back into your body while also allowing you to release tension in the process.