Backward Bend Yoga Asanas

Backward bend yoga asanas strengthens the back and improves the flexibility of the spine. It stretches and tones the spinal nerves emanating from each vertebra.

Keeping the spine young and flexible is the key to good health and youth. But today due to a predominantly sedentary life style, our spines have become weak and stiff. The back muscles have lost its flexibility.

Backward bend yoga asanas help to reverse this condition and makes the spine strong and flexible.

Backward Bend Yoga Asanas or Poses

How to do Backward Bend Yoga Asanas?

Well, there are many Backward bend yoga asanas. Below, you will find a gallery of Backward bend yoga poses. Click the images to get instructions for a particular asana.

When you perform Backward bend yoga asanas, become aware of your bending process. Try to arch the spine and the neck region.

During your daily practice, you should follow up your Backwards bends with counter forward bend yoga poses. For every Backward bend pose there are one or many forward bend poses. Do them together for a smooth yoga routine.

Benefits of Backward Bend Yoga Asanas

  1. These yoga poses make the spine and back flexible.
  2. It stretches and tones the back muscles.
  3. It can relieve back pain. The backward bend stretches the vertebrae and improves the gap between the vertebrae and the nerves. This removes the pinching of nerves that emanate from the spine.
  4. It tones the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves arising from the spine thereby improving the functioning of all organs associated with them.
  5. Backward bend yoga asanas also tones the abdominal muscles and the organs in the abdomen. This helps to improve digestion. It also improves functioning of reproductive organs.
  6. Impure blood tends to accumulate at the back muscles due to lack of movement. Backward bending poses gets the circulation going and brings in fresh purified blood.

Contraindications for Backward Bend Yoga Poses

  1. Those with severe back injuries should not attempt Backward bend yoga asanas.
  2. Learn and perform these pose under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. If you have any prior medical conditions, consult a doctor or a qualified yoga therapists, before taking up the practice of yoga poses.