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Use these free online yoga videos to discover adjustments you can make to find freedom in backbending poses. You’ll also find some great stretches you can do any time to open up through your chest, neck, and shoulders.

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Gherandasana: Asymmetrical Backbend

Teacher: Sarah Ezrin

Explore Gherandasana, an asymmetrical backbend, in this online yoga video with Sarah Ezrin. Have a block available....

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Upward Dog vs. Cobra

Teacher: Diana Oppenheim

Ever wonder what the difference between Upward Dog and Cobra is? Both are very similar poses, and both great choices to work on in Sun Salutations, yet they are two very distinct backbend poses. Watch this short online yoga video with Diana Oppenheim at Yoga Tree Hayes and learn how to decide whether to practice Upward Dog or Cobra today....

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Ustrasana or Camel Pose

Teacher: Stacey Rosenberg

In this yoga video with Stacey Rosenberg, learn a great modification for Ustrasana if you cant quite get your hands to your heels. Using a bolster will help ground you, give you reach, and help you deepen the posture....

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I.AM.YOU. Camel Pose or Ustrasana Pose Tutorial

Teacher: Lauren Imparato

In this free online yoga video, I.AM.YOU. founder Lauren Imparato teaches camel pose or ustrasana by addressing common problems and how to correct them....

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Mermaid Pose

Teacher: Ai Kubo

This is an online yoga tutorial to get into mermaid pose. Ai Kubo will walk you through the steps to get into and practice this pose that requires a great balance of strength and surrender. Enjoy this pose after warming up the shoulders and hip flexors!...

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Sphinx Pose

Teacher: Sean Gray

Take a closer look at sphinx pose in this free online yoga video with Sean Gray....

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Thigh Stretch for Better Backbending

Teacher: Sigrid Matthews

When taking a deep backbend, it is important to make sure you have properly stretched the thigh and psoas area. Sigrid Matthews will help you prepare for deeper backbends in this yoga video....

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Purvottanasana or Reverse Plank Pose

Teacher: Sean Gray

Take a closer look at Purvottanasana or Reverse Plank Pose in this free online yoga video with Sean Gray....

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Chest Opener: Curl Your Upper Back

Teacher: Stacey Rosenberg

Laying over blocks in the upper back can be blissful or agonizing. In this yoga video with Stacey Rosenberg, learn how to use this both passively and actively to open your chest and contract your upper back. The dynamic engagement of this passive pose will make a world of difference in your backbend practice. Have two blocks and a blanket available....

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Ab Support in Backbends

Teacher: Sigrid Matthews

In this yoga video, Sigrid Matthews will demonstrate two quick ab exercises that help you understand deep core support in backbends. Have a block available....

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Fire Up Your Back Body: A Preparation to Transform...

Teacher: Stacey Rosenberg

This short yoga practice with Stacey Rosenberg will show you how to use the different variations of Salabhasana Locust Pose to fire up your back body and teach it how to contract for a backbend. This engagement will transform your cobra and upward dog, and begin to awaken all of your backbends....

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Kapinjalasana with the Wall

Teacher: Sara Strother

In this online yoga videos Sara Strother will provide a few tips for using the wall as a prop to find stability and opening into the graceful pose of Kapinjalasana....

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I.AM.YOU. Upward Facing Dog Tutorial

Teacher: Lauren Imparato

In this free online yoga video, I.AM.YOU. founder Lauren Imparato teaches upward facing dog by addressing common problems and how to correct them....

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Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Teacher: Justin Michael Williams

In this online yoga video, Justin Michael Williams teaches the backbend camel pose or ustrasana. He also provides options for different levels and ways to modify with two blocks....

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Upward Facing Dog: Traditional Version and Variati...

Teacher: Justin Michael Williams

Upward Facing Dog has so many benefits, including opening the chest and heart, it helps with depression, mood and asthma, and will even strengthen the butt! Learn the traditional version, as well as a variation to help you get started. Join Justin Michael Williams in this free online yoga video and have a blanket available for the variation....

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Laghu Vajrasana

Teacher: Sean Gray

Laghu vajrasana is a very deep backbend. Sean Gray will help you safely practice this pose in this free online yoga video, focusing on using the bandhas and finding length. Please be comfortable practicing camel pose or ustrasana before trying this pose....

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I.AM.YOU. Rockstar Pose Tutorial (aka Wild Thing)

Teacher: Lauren Imparato

In this free online yoga video, I.AM.YOU. founder Lauren Imparato teaches wild thing or rockstar pose as Lauren calls it by addressing common problems and how to correct them....

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Backbend and Dropping Back Tutorial with Joan Hyma...

Teacher: Joan Hyman

Discover the freedom of backbending and unlock the secrets to these deep poses, so you feel grounded and exhilarated. In this online yoga video, Joan Hyman teaches Ustrasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana at the wall with the use of blocks and straps to help stabilize the legs to protect the lower back in these poses. She discusses how not to backbend from the low back area and how to use the legs to bring it up into the thoracic spine. She breaks down what the shoulders are trying to do and how to plug the arms into the shoulder sockets for safe backbending that involves the shoulder blades. Then move into dropping back at the wall and then in the middle of the room. Very informative and great for teacher trainers and serious students!...

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Practicing the Foothold for King Pigeon Pose

Teacher: Sarah Faircloth

If you are close to being able to do the foothold associated with King Pigeon Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 1, without a strap, this online yoga video with Anusara-trained, alignment-based yoga teacher Sarah Faircloth, will help you hone your technique for securing the foothold and learning the steps to pivot the shoulder....

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Dhanurasana (Bow Pose): Therapeutic Alignment Tips

Teacher: Jeanne Heileman

In this free online yoga video with Jeanne Heileman, she will take you through three different therapeutic alignment tips that will address the common problems associated with the backbend dhanurasana or bow pose. This video is great for yoga teachers who want to help their students practice a pain-free bow pose....

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Purvottanasana from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Seri...

Teacher: Kino MacGregor

Ashtanga Yoga instructor Kino MacGregor shows you how to safely enter Purvottanasana with the careful use of core strength and the bandhas in this free online yoga video. This pose will help you prepare for backbends, as it is an extension of the spine....

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Ashtanga Yoga Backbending - Shalabasana

Teacher: Kino MacGregor

Shot on beautiful Maui Island in Hawaii, in this online yoga video, Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to safely enter Shalabasana, a Second Series Backbend from the Ashtanga Yoga Method. You learn how to tilt your pelvis so that your lower back opens and strengthens....

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How to Backbend Safely

Teacher: Sarah Ezrin

Learn how to backbend safely with this free online yoga video with Sarah Ezrin. Camel pose will be used to demonstrate that backbend is really a misnomer because a backbend is actually a spinal extension. Check out Sarahs Invigorate full length class on YogaVibes after this video!...

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Cobra or Up Dog?

Teacher: Justin Michael Williams

Upward Facing Dog and Cobra are two heart opening poses that are often repeated many times through a Vinyasa flow style class. Choosing between "up dog" and cobra can be tricky depending on your fitness level, flexibility, and body type. In this free online yoga video with Justin Michael Williams, he will teach you everything you need to know to move into both poses with grace and ease....

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Universal Yoga: How to Do Eka Bhuja Virasana

Teacher: Andrey Lappa

Andrey Lappa teaches you how to create a deep internal rotation for the shoulder, including alignment and safety techniques. This unique arm asana, Eka Bhuja Virasana, is found in every Universal Yoga class....

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Universal Yoga: How to Do Eka Bhuja Padmasana

Teacher: Andrey Lappa

In this free online yoga video, Andrey Lappa teaches you how to do Lotus Pose for the shoulder! He guides you through all alignment dos and donts of this unique arm asana, Eka Bhuja Padmasana, featured in every Universal Yoga class....

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Universal Yoga: How to Do Eka Bhuja Swastiyasana I...

Teacher: Andrey Lappa

Andrey Lappa teaches the alignment dos and donts of a fundamental arm asana, Eka Bhuja Swastiyasana II, found in every Universal Yoga class....

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Universal Yoga: How to Do Eka Bhuja Swastiyasana I

Teacher: Andrey Lappa

In this online yoga tutorial, Andrey Lappa teaches the alignment dos and donts of a fundamental arm asana found in every Universal Yoga class....

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How to Do Camel Pose

Teacher: Jeanne Heileman

Practice the advanced backbend, Camel Pose or Ustrasana, with the guidance of Jeanne Heileman. Jeanne will show modifications and variations to keep you safe....

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How to Do Cobra Pose

In this online yoga tutorial, Chad Moline breaks down the fundamentals of Cobra Bhujangasana, a backbend and chest opener that is a great precursor to Upward-Facing Dog....

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Yoga Tutorial: Camel Pose

Teacher: Sarah Faircloth

Anusara Yoga instructor Sarah Faircloth shares modifications and alignment tips for reducing low back, neck and shoulder discomfort in Camel Pose or Ustrasana, a backbending yoga pose....

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Yin Yoga: How to Do Saddle Pose

Teacher: Jennifer Beyt Coffin

In this online yoga video, Jennifer Beyt Coffin instructs several variations of the moderately intense backbend Saddle Pose - the Yin Yoga version of Virasana or Hero Pose....

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How to Practice Full Wheel Pose

In this free yoga video, Ame Wren demos the classic backbend, Full Wheel Pose or Upward Bow Pose Urdhva Dhanurasana....

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How to Do Bow Pose

Teacher: Sarah Faircloth

Bow Pose or Dhanurasana is a fairly intense backbend. Learn more about it in this free yoga video with Anusara Yoga instructor Sarah Faircloth....

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How to Do Sugarcane Pose

Teacher: Sarah Faircloth

In this free online yoga video, Sarah Faircloth teaches the dynamic standing pose, Sugarcane or Half Moon Bow Ardha Chandra Chopasana....

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How to Do Locust Pose

Teacher: Jeanne Heileman

In this free online yoga video, Jeanne Heileman demos the yoga backbend, Locust Pose or Salabhasana. Learn how to breathe into the pose and access your core strength for greater ease....

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How to Tuck Your Tail for Better Backbends

Teacher: Pete Guinosso

Pete Guinosso demos how to tuck your tailbone in Crescent Lunge by recruiting your glutes and abdominal muscles. This will help you to lengthen and protect your lower back in all yoga backbends....

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How to Do Low Cobra Pose

Teacher: Pete Guinosso

In this free yoga asana tutorial, Pete Guinosso teaches the simple yoga backbend, Low Cobra or Sphinx Pose. Practice this gentle yoga posture to find more space in your lower back and chest....

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How to Do Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Teacher: Dana Damara

Dana Damara walks you through the intense backbend, called Ustrasana or Camel Pose in this free yoga video....

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How to Do Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

Teacher: Dana Damara

Vinyasa Yoga teacher Dana Damara teaches the advanced backbend, Wheel Pose or Urdhva Dhanurasana, in this free yoga video....

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How to Do Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)

Teacher: Dana Damara

In this free online yoga demo, Dana Damara instructs Dancer Pose Natarajasana, both a standing balance and a backbend....

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Learn Half Locust Pose

Teacher: Danielle Vardakas-Duszko

Vinyasa Flow teacher Danielle Vardakas-Duszko demos Half Locust or Ardha Shalabhasana - one of the best yoga poses for strengthening the core body and lower back muscles....

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Yoga Props: How to Use a Yogitoes® ySTRAP®

Jennifer Pastiloff shows how you can use a yogitoes ySTRAP in Handstand Adho Mukha Vrksasana and Wheel Pose Urdhva Dhanurasana....

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How to Prepare for Backbends

Teacher: Rolf Gates

In this free online yoga video, Vinyasa Yoga instructor, Rolf Gates, shares some tips on how to best prepare for yoga backbends....

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How to Do King Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)

Teacher: Sara Strother

Sara Strother demos dropping into King Pigeon Pose Kapotasana or "Pigeon Droppings," as featured in her Anusara-Inspired Mixed Levels yoga video....

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How to Do Wheel Pose

Teacher: Joan Hyman

Joan Hyman, a Vinyasa Flow teacher, breaks down the components of Upward Bow Pose or Wheel Pose Urdhva Dhanurasana - an intermediate yoga backbend....

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Yoga Backbends: How to Do Bridge Pose and Full Whe...

In this free online yoga tutorial, Jennifer Buergermeister demos Bridge Pose Setu Bandha Sarvangasana with the option of lifting up into Full Wheel Pose Urdhva Dhanurasana....

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How to Do Wild Thing or Flip Dog

In this free yoga video, Kathryn Budig instructs a big heart-opening yoga posture called Wild Thing or Flip Dog Camatkarasana Pose....

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How to Build a Strong Foundation for Wheel Pose (U...

In this free online yoga tutorial, Adam Ballenger teaches you how to build a solid and aligned foundation for Wheel Pose Urdhva Dhanurasana and all backbend yoga poses....

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