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Partner Yoga Pose: Grounded Backbend

Backbends are some of my favorite yoga poses. Since our bodies rarely have the opportunity to bend this way, not only is arching the spine a treat but it stretches the front part of your body quite nicely. Not only that, but increasing flexibility in your spine is a great way to stay healthy and avoid lower back pain. Since full backbends (Wheel pose) can be intimidating and challenging, give this variation a try. In it you use your partner's body as support, and be able to gently roll back into the pose.

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  • Partner #1 (man) sits on the floor with his knees bent and his feet hips-width distance apart. Partner #2 (woman) sits on his knees facing him.
  • She then extends her legs out and Partner #1 presses his arms against them to hold her in place.
  • When she's ready, she places her hands on his shins, and gently arches back. To help her lower her torso smoothly, she walks her hands down Partner #1's shins until her head is on the ground. She can straighten her arms and press the backs of her hands into the ground for a little support.
  • Partner #2 stays like this in a backbend for as long as she wants, and when she's had enough, she can walk her hands back up Partner #2's shins and also uses her abs to help her sit up. Then they switch positions so Partner #1 can have a turn.

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lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
i feel like this is a leading chain of events.... omg we're being so immature lol.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
i feel like this is a leading chain of events....omg we're being so immature lol.
shepptacular shepptacular 8 years
How odd that this couple is not wearing anything remotely yoga like. They look like a couple you might find on an HBO late night tv show. Interesting image choice = )
austerity austerity 8 years
It would make for some interesting foreplay though ;)
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
I gotta admit Fit, I'm still not feeling the whole partner yoga thing....
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Hahahaha, those illustrations are fantastic!
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