Next is backward bending. Your back might hurt like hell! Don’t be scared…
Back bending realigns and heals the spine. As you bend backward, you open the front spine, creating space between the vertebrae and pushing your intervertebral disks away from the spinal nerves. Performed correctly, with determination and faith, back bends relieve structural deformities of the spine, back pain, respiratory distress, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder. The posture opens the chest, stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and prepares the body for action. Back bending reverses the damage caused by bad posture. It improves the function of many of the body’s systems, particularly the digestive and urinary systems. Back bending can also help you to release anxiety and stress.
Although back bending may feel particularly intense–especially to new or infrequent practitioners–it is very safe. Bikram’s proprietary series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises thoroughly prepares the body for back bending.