Open Your Heart Backbending Challenge

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Challenge Overview

Looking for a daily practice that will help you refine and re-inspire your backbends?

Sign up today for the Open Your Heart Backbending Challenge, and get one class a day, for seven days, that will support your journey. Study with expert teachers and enjoy exploring creative sequences as you refine classic poses such as bow, wheel, camel, little thunderbolt, full pigeon, and more. 

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

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Challenge Outline

7 Days to complete

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Section 1
  • This (30-minute) practice is a comprehensive exploration of backbend fundamentals that includes pose breakdowns of half locust, locust, camel, and more. This will provide both a roadmap for beginners and an in-depth breakdown for advanced yogis who are looking to refine their practice.Ready to start?
Section 2
  • In this well-balanced and invigorating 45-minute class, you'll do a variety of poses to warm up your whole body, and then move on to a standing series. You'll also get to practice ustrasana (camel pose) and seated poses before winding down in savasana. Finish the practice feeling strong and supple with a renewed sense of vitality!
Section 3
  • This enlivening 30-minute practice is designed to lead you toward an expansive backbend: wild thing. As you move progressively toward this heart-opening pose, Sianna invites you to tap into a sense of wonder, abundance, and awe.Taste the nectar of your life and embrace the honey in your heart.
Section 4
  • What if we faced adversity with friendliness instead of fear? Join Ruby for this 16-minute flow, which includes plenty of heart-opening backbends and lateral (side-bending) poses. This sequence is designed to help you cultivate a joyful state of mind in preparation for whatever life may bring!
Section 5
  • This one-hour Jivamukti practice will get you flowing through sun salutes to mobilize and awaken your body, then you'll practice standing poses and core work before transitioning into backbends: locust pose, bow pose, wheel, and more!Ready to begin?
Section 6
  • Join Kat for this lively 60-minute backbend class that will help you open through the front of the body (the chest, shoulders, hip flexors, and quads) and also strengthen the back of the body (hamstrings, glutes, and spinal extensors). This sequence includes intoxicated cobra, camel, laghu vajrasana ("little thunderbolt pose"), a wheel pose walkover at the wall, a lizard lunge variation, and much more. Enjoy this creative, fun, and challenging experience!
Section 7
  • This slow, strengthening practice focuses on expansive backbends and sidebends. You'll practice parivrtta parsvakonasana (revolved side angle), dhanurasana (bow pose), full vasisthasana (side plank), urdhva vasisthasana (wild thing), and more. If you're up for a challenge, this practice is for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this challenge in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This challenge is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Challenge completion.
No prerequisites are required; this challenge is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the challenge is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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