This Week In Nithya Priyan School Of Yoga: Locust Backbends

 Viparita Shalabhasana or Full Locust Pose

Viparita Shalabhasana or Full Locust Pose

This week in Nithya Priyan School of Yoga, downward facing backbends are also called Contraction Backbends as they work your back muscles to strongly extend the spine against gravity. The Locust shape is an engagement of largely the lower back and lower glutes, conditioning your back body and increasing spinal support and stability on and off the mat. First find the fundamentals in Basic Class before incorporating an arm balance aspect to the mix in Essential Class, then invert yourself in Intermediate Class this Week. See you on the mats!

Basic

Locust Pose (Shalabhasana)

Essential

Frog Pose (Bhekasana)

Intermediate

Chinstand or Cheststand  (Gandha Bherundasana or Viparita Shalabhasana)

Flow

Poses from last week with the theme of Twist and Bind.