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Raja Bhujangasana

Yoga Journal doesn’t call this a pose, but I have always liked the idea that any shape in your body that feels good or challenges you is yoga. My teacher Silvia Mordini always uses the example that making a pizza is a vinyasa.

I snapped this shot of my beautiful friend Michelle, the Graceful Yogi, who ‘graciously’ guest posted when I was away. You can read her inversion tips here, and her forearm stand tips here.

If you’re a vinyasa junkie, you’re probably doing tons of upward facing dogs and cobra poses. These help with spine mobility for sure, but reaching the toes to the head is an even deeper backbend and is just another way to improve poses like your wheels and bows. So give this rarely used pose a try, and remember it’s a life long practice!

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Notice how the curve in her spine is in the thoracic and cervical spine, not just the sacrum. Mobility in all parts of the spine is needed to do backbends safely.

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Cool show of progression in raja bhujangasana

Work every section of your spine.

Work every section of your spine.

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