Half Moon Tips
Standing with your feet together, weight in your heels, legs and buttocks engaged, arms still stretched up over your head, fingers interlocked, with index fingers released. Your arms and shoulders may feel a little tired at this point, but do not drop them. Keep them up (we do not mean hunched shoulders). It is with this persistence that we build our strength. You can do it!
your body will follow.
Yup! we mean it. The more relaxed you are about backbends, the easier you will find them.
Breathe, push the hips further forward and arc your self further back. As you will hear your teachers say: “Arms back, look back, fall back (although don’t actually fall please!!!), way back, go back, more back”.
Remember: we come in all different shapes, sizes and flexibilities. Our spines are all as individual as we are, do not compare yourself to others. Do what you can and do it to the best of your ability and you will notice the benefits.
Back bends bring huge benefits both physically and emotionally. Think about all the time that we spend bending forwards, sitting at a desk, hunching over a computer, looking at our phones, reaching down to pick things up. Our spines were designed to bend backwards as well as forwards, but we do not utilise this natural range of motion in day to day life. Back bending is precisely what is needed to counteract the impact of continuous forward bending.