Your analysis and explanations are just marvelous!
We appreciate your expose to patanjali who says,
"SHARIRAM ADYAM, KHALU DHARMA SADHANAM"---
LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY-PHYSIQUE FIRST, THEN GO FOR THE DHARMA. How True!!! A healthy body is a healthy mind, otherwise all our efforts will be in vain.
Thanks Yoga Journal, AKDG.
This pose alone can get rid of my backache right away (as opposed to forward bends which help it feel better but don't take the pain away). I wonder why, but it's the best thing for my backaches....
We just did a prelude to this pose in our yoga class today. It was very wonderful!
The joy of backbends was part of my youth- for gymnastics- yoga was unknown to me. As I aged, that joy was lost, and I suffered arthritis and severe depression. I am thrilled at 55 to again be able to feel the joy and freedom of a backbend, thanks to yoga. If it does not last in my golden age, so be it. For now it is a gift!
oh come on Saf!
For some of us in their 'golden age', the backbend is always accompanied by a terrific nausea and dizziness , not to talk of pain. Thank you but no.!! Saf