Backbending requires a great deal of courage: trusting the process, that you will stay up, pressing your heart forward, mastering the fear. This week, stretch the front of your body while keeping focus on your back torso. Learn how to get into these challenging poses effectively and safely by tilting the pelvis and engaging your thigh and core muscles. Experiment with bows (Danurasana) and frogs (Bhekasana) towards variations of Lord of the Dancers (Natarajasana), or even the full pose. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of yoga! 

Photo: Viviene Sassen