#lovingyogis Day 23
Crescent lunge, or high lunge, with backbend
On the left I have hands clasped behind my back to open my shoulders as well, and on the right I’ve just raised them above my head.
- Be aware of where you are bending in your back for this: you should feel your shoulders open as opposed to compression in your lower back. Lift up through your core, and exhale back.
- Do not bend in your lower back for the lunge. Before you move into a backbend, be sure that your lengthening your tailbone toward the mat and reaching back through your straight leg heel.
- If you are bending from the upper back, your front ribs should not be forward. Only go back as far as you comfortably can.
- I like to clasp my hands because it emphasizes the shoulders more than the back. I have a tendency to bend in my lower back, and you’re never ever supposed to do that first! The lower back should always be the last thing you bend, and you should never have trouble breathing or relaxing your face while bending. Clasping my hands behind my back helps me to keep my torso lifted so that I am almost being pulled forward before bending back. It feels amazing when you open your shoulders! :)
Variations: if this feels uncomfortable or difficult to hold, put the straight leg knee down on the mat. If it hurts your knee to rest it down like this, just put a blanket in between the mat and your knee. It helps quite a bit!