Oxford Dictionary Defines Back bending as: a movement in gymnastics, dance, or yoga in which the body is arched backwards and downwards from an upright position until the hands touch the floor or arched upwards from a supine position, using the hands and feet for support.

Back Bending Variations:

  • Back bending on feet and hands (Bridge).
  • Back bending on knees (camel).
  • Back bending on the chest known as chest stand and chin stand in dance.
  • Back bending prone (cobra).
  • Back bending on feet, (teardrop, drop back.)
  • Back bending on hands (handstands.)
  • Back bending on forearms (forearm stands.)
  • Back bending in air (Back flips.)

Examples:

Bridge Pose: Image below is a hollow back version of bridge.

Above: Scorpion Backbend on aerial straps.

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