Finishing Backbend Sequence of Ashtanga Yoga

Finishing Backbend Sequence of Ashtanga Yoga

By utilizing Ashtanga Yoga’s Final Backbend sequence, this course will provide you with two things:

1) A practical method for understanding how to use opposing forces in your postures.
2) Teach you how to face fear with position action. Through backbends you will learn how to encounter your fears consciously and without avoidance. 

A 7 class course for beginning and advanced students. Each class is 20-25 minutes long and contains 4 sections that teach a step by step learning progression for:

1: Upward Bow 
2: Drop Back 
3: Tic Tac 
4: Final Backbend

This course will teach you: 

1) How to use opposing forces in your postures and create dynamism. 
2) How to turn fear into positive action.

Section 1 

Upward Bow Posture (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

In this section you will learn: 
A) The three leg actions that protect your back in every backbend. 
B) That fixing your legs in position is the best means for creating spinal extension.  
C) Exercises for strengthening your legs and improving your understanding of their role in the basic back bend.
D) Exercises for gaining shoulder flexibility and increasing your ability to open your chest in a back bend. 
E) The placement of your arms and their role as foundational pillars. 

Section 2 

Drop Backs 

In this section you will:
A) Learn how to drop back in baby steps.  David has created a learning progression that virtually everyone can find a step that works for him or her. You’ll see that you can benefit from working on a step in the process even if you are not even close to being able to drop back to the ground.
B) Learn how to better use your legs as the rock solid foundation that gives you confidence and fearlessness in drop backs.
C) Better understand the important role that your arms play in drop backs.
D) Strengthen your arms, legs, abdomen, buttocks, and spine.
E) Learn how to ace drop backs by going through the points on the compass.

Section 3 

Tic Tac 

In this section you will:
A) Learn Tic Tacs in baby steps that make this seemingly unapproachable and advanced exercise accessible to many more people.  
B) Learn that you can get great benefits from working on the baby steps even if you are not close to doing the final version of the move.  To have this set of steps is a great boon to long time students who may never have had the opportunity to receive teachings that address their particular circumstances.  
C) Improve strength and flexibility through a fun, engaging, adventurous and dynamic set of movements. 
D) Wake up energy and have a natural remedy that helps you fight the blues, depression, lethargy and other low energy states.  
E) Improve your breathing. 

Section 4 

Final Backbend

In this section you will:
A) Learn variations on how to work and execute this final back bend.
B) Increase will and determination. 
C) Improve and develop your basic back bend. 
D) Increase strength and flexibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am new to backbending and/or I’m afraid of backbending, will this course be too advanced for me?
A: No. This course is for students of all levels, beginner to intermediate to advanced. 

Q: When do you recommend doing the exercises?
A: There are two different possibilities for how to interact with this material. 
   1) You can use the exercises during a regular 10 to 30 minute supplemental afternoon practice.
   2) You do your morning practice and once you get to final backbend sequence you hit play on the day’s video. Once you practice to the video you then continue on with your closing sequence of shoulderstand and headstand. 


Download and Streaming Information

1) Once you purchase the course you will receive a message from VHX with a link to your videos. The email will be sent to the email address you input at checkout so make sure you choose an email you frequently use. If you don't see the email in your inbox please make sure to check your spam folder. 

2) You can stream or download the course.

3) To download a video, click on the bottom left hand corner of each individual video and you'll see a download button. Unfortunately, you can only download one video at a time.


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