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Re: Serena's comment
Just a slight correction--Bikram yoga is actually designed as a beginner's class, and meant to be suitable for ALL levels of fitness AND experience. The only exceptions to this are people who have specific doctor's orders not to exercise (generally) or in the heat (specifically). I find this to be one of the greatest strengths of the Bikram discipline, actually--it's one of the only, if not THE only, form that appropriately challenges everybody at every level.


Re: Serena's comment.
Recommendation is not something we should be cautious about. If I recommend something I am saying that it's good for me, it is my point of view. Others have to explore what is recommended and decide for themselves. What kind of world would we be living in if we had to be cautious about everything we say!


Hi Deena, whilst I thank you for taking the time to contribute your views, I would caution about recommending to others without knowing their bodies. It may be that you (and others you know) have benefited from the Bikram approach. This may be completely unsuitable for others, who would benefit more from a practice that is tailored to their level of fitness and experience.


My chiropractor told me today not to do bridges, not to go past "neutral spine". He said there is no benefit to a back bend and there is a risk of injury when the vertebrae touch each other (my words, not his). Comments?


I find backbends to be a bit challenging, reason being there is some emotional vulnerability tied to doing them. Thanks for the reminder to be present and mindful of the psychological aspects of this movement.

Lois Adams

I appreciate the go slow approach. Any suggestions about not overdoing the stretch so I wind up with lower back pain? I seem to over compensate in the lower back to get the back bend.


I'm the guilty one of overdoing all my poses in Yoga. I think I can always do more since I'm 60 and so fit, but I forget that my body just doesn't react and recover as when I was younger. It's nice to know that I can stop and truly listen to my body and I will now try to incorporate backbends into my exercises. Thank you for this article. Wonderfully written.


Perfect timing on this article… I'm starting to explore backbends (small ones) in my daily practice and I do feel exhilarated when finished. Thank you for affirming that I can take it slow and easy. I love this journey that is yoga.


an excellent and inspiring article. thank you


I find that I always end up pushing too far when I do back bends in a hot room and am hurting for the next week. Now I do them after some warm up at least and just am gradually increasing my torelance.

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