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Season 3 - Episode 8

Advanced Backbending

60 min - Practice


Maria shares a balanced back-bending sequence incorporating postures from the first, second, and third Ashtanga series. We begin with shoulder opening and Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations) before moving into deeper, more advanced backbends. Maria breaks down Natarajasana (King Dancer), Padangusthasana Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose), Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose), and Urdhva Dhunurasana (Wheel Pose), working toward dropbacks with the support of a wall. You will feel expansive and energized from within.
What You'll Need: Mat, Wall, Strap


What a gift. Your guidance on this backbending odyssey was so reassuring! The pathways into these challenges backbends that you propose are really helpful. Thank you so much, Maria.
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Your Welcome Kate! :)
I absolutely agree! It was reassuring even as I've struggled for years with getting the opening in my shoulders for natarajasana. The modifications were so helpful and I look forward to using them to open my shoulders and upper back more. Looking forward to more of your classes (this was my first with you :) ).

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