SomaVeda Thai Yoga Fish Pose and back bend with Aachan James

Ardis Matsyendra, or the asymmetrical facilitated whale/ fish pose or back bend. The client starts in Padmasana and the therapists is in Virasana at right angles behind the client. This Yoga bridge emphasis one side of the spine more than the other . This allows the asymmetrical emphasis to address a one sided imbalance more specifically. can be done with the hands in the low position when the client is restricted or with the hands extended for full emphasis. Back bends are considered one of the most important of Yoga asana and generally have the following benefits: Release and extension of the anterior spinal muscles. The posterior range of motion counterbalances head forward postures both in practice and pathological such as inclinations to “Red Light” or emotionally guarding postures. Red Light postures are guarding postures which are like the “Turtle” ie head forward and down, chin down, shoulders up and forward, chest sunken or back and pronounced curve or mid shoulder arch. We say that individuals with the Red Light posture are guarding or protecting the heart, heart chakra and or throat and may have history or issues of emotional and or physical abuse as well as issues with communication and expression of being who they are. In practice if we do forward bends we always want to include back bends as counter poses. Because the client is actually bending over our thighs we can actually feel in real time the spinal segments from sacrum to head including spinal

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