Kula Flow: Inversions as Prep for Backbends

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Kevin Bigger

e-ryt 500 yoga teacher and teacher trainer based in brooklyn, ny.  i started practicing yoga up in boston in my late teens, immediately after a period of massive (less than healthy) weight loss, and just before...
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The efforts of stable backbends and stable inversions are quite similar. In class, we explore these key actions before we head to the wall for adho mukha vrksasana, pincha mayurasana, and sirsasana (handstand, forearm stand, and headstand) as preparations for deep backends like dwi pada viparita dandasana (inverted staff pose aka wheel pose on the forearms). If you are not yet balancing all the inverted poses have no fear --  preparations and modifications are offered for each pose as we get to them.

(Int/Adv) Kula Flow is vinyasa (or flow) style yoga with an emphasis on creativity and alignment. Classes are inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing & seated postures, back bending, and inversions —guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Most teachers also use bandha work to open and strengthen the inner body. (Classes differ in tone and vigor depending on the teacher, so if you have special needs/interests please contact [email protected]) For students with a regular yoga practice.