108 Postural Practice Pointers – 72 – Within the Bhāvana for certain prone backbend Āsana…

Within the Bhāvana for certain prone backbend Āsana,
such as in Sālambana Bhujaṅgāsana, or supported Cobra,
there is no intentional weight bearing on, or by the hands,
though the opposite of which is a more common occurrence.

Hence, being able to lift the hands off the ground at any point.
Thus, in Sālambana Bhujaṅgāsana, the hands are not weight
bearing, as in such as Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana. Instead they
have a role as a barometer with regard to vertical or downward
pressure on the ground, along with a role as a compass with regard
to horizontal or forward movement emanating from the sternum.

Here, the Bhāvana is a sensation of wall to wall in terms of,
as if a movement forward, rather than the more stereotypical
image of a straight arm lift, often including over emphasis on
the cervical/thoracic and lumbar/sacral junctions creating an
upward backbend rather than encouraging a forward spinal arch.

Link to Series: 108 Postural Practice Pointers

Āsana and Mudrā Glossary
– Grouped into Standing, Kneeling,
Lying, Inverted, Backbend, Seated & Sitting

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