I know it looks like I'm waiting for an enema, but in fact it is a backbend!
(NB if the pic is not visible here, it will be in an album.)
My shoulders and upper back are rather tight, so I'm stretching them out, and finding it to be hard work - I cannot maintain this position for more than 2 minutes.
Here is why it is hard work:
- my thighs are vertical (well, they are supposed to be, but it is hard to observe oneself in this position). Vertical means that my buttocks are as high as possible, resulting is more backbend.
- my chest touches the floor, necessitating a 'sag' in the spine. Note that most of the bend is in my lower back, but ideally I want more of a gentle curve throughout my spine.
- You can't see this, but my chin is off the ground. This strongly works the back muscles.
- My arms are stretched out. The pose is easier if the arms are bent at the elbows, and the hands rest neat the chin.
This pose seems to be working. I'm feeling more mobile in the upper back, and this will help my wheel posture, supported on hands and feet only.
Note for women: The pose is easier with breasts! Women should use blocks under their hands to obtain a good stretch.