Can Backbends help ease anxiety?

Supported backbends across the board open chest and increase the size of your breath. However, active backbends can be very exhilarating, and that can increase anxiety. In this supported variation, the chest area is able to expand without any of the effort needed for an active backbend, leading to relaxation.

While sitting, place a medium-height block behind you vertically beneath where your shoulder blades will lay and place another block behind that one vertically to use as a pillow for your head. (Use lower blocks if this height doesn’t feel great on your back.) Allow your body to gently rest on blocks, adjusting placement until you are comfortable, with arms resting on either side. Stay here for 5 deep breaths.

Try this pose and let us know how you feel after.

We look forward to seeing you on your mat! Heat Yoga Studios


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