Warm up well, then let Budig walk you through the steps to work your way into this big backbend.
I just came off of a marathon photo shoot for my newest book. For eight days, we were working 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Needless to say, my asana practice suffered and I was excited to get back on my mat. For whatever reason, I was particularly pumped to work up to this challenge pose—a really deep backbend. I’m not one of those yogis who was blessed with natural flexibility. I’ve had to work hard in that department, especially when it comes to backbends. In retrospect, maybe this peak pose wasn’t the best “welcome back” choice for my ego, but I’m still glad I did it. It’s always good to tackle a practice that challenges you and reminds you that these poses are lifelong teachers.
WARM UP I highly recommend doing a full practice leading up to this pose. Mine consisted of a good warm-up, some surya namaskars, plenty of lunges, and ample backbends, including Bow, Camel, and Upward Bow Pose before I dug into this sequence. Happy backbending!
See also Yogapedia: 7 Steps to Master Camel Pose