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poor little backbends

i have a confession to make. i’ve neglected my backbends. unforgivably so.

it all started innocently enough. about ten years ago, i slid down the slippery slope of handstand and core obsession. as i became more and more enthralled with the thrill of inversion, my practice became more and more core and handstand intensive.

overall, it seemed like a good idea. i was hitting a lot of my goal poses and felt comfortable experimenting with what would otherwise be scary, seemingly impossible stuff.

my motto (as many of you know): no matter what the question, the answer is core.

unless the question is “how do i deepen my backbends?”.

keep in mind that, ultimately, all asana was created to encourage spinal health and mobility. your spine is literally your lifeline and it needs to be nurtured.

but core, core, core pulls your energy forward and in towards the solar plexus…away from the spine.

and then you wake up one day and realize you’ve lost almost all your spinal extension. and, it’s like grrrr! or more like grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

that day came about three years ago for me now, and it’s been a slow build back to spinal health. i have to say that i am still obsessed with handstand and core exercises. and i don’t know if my backbend will ever be where it was five or ten years ago. but it’s my quest to return to spinal greatness.

if you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed an inordinate number of posts about my path to natarajasana (king dancer pose). this was my goal pose for 2016. achieved in may. yay!

hitting this pose has both shocked me and relit a fire inside of me. a renewed passion for my backbends and the possibilities they hold.

moving on to my next goal…to touch my feet to my head in scorpion. hoping it happens in this lifetime and ready to dedicate myself to the quest.

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