If flexibility in your spine isn't something that comes easy to you, then just looking at this pose is enough to cause back pain. The good news is that it is possible to increase your flexibility over time, and aside from being able to master a backbend like this, a more mobile spine will also help relieve lower-back pain, will prevent running and other fitness-related injuries, and — get this — can even make your time under the sheets more enjoyable! Yep, flexibility makes everything better.
This eight-pose sequence will slowly begin to open up the muscles in the front of the body while getting your spine used to arching. Do as much of the sequence as you can, gradually working your way to Camel as you're ready.