Yoga Pose Primer: Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose)

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Charlotte Bell
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Backbends are one of yoga practice’s great gifts. Because our daily lives don’t require a lot of backbending, doing some sort of backbend every day is a way to balance our forward-folded lives. Plus they’re energizing and just plain fun.

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Ubhaya Padangusthasana, Double Toe Hold

Yoga Pose Primer: Ubhaya Padangusthasana (Double Toe Hold)

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Paschimottanasana, Seated Forward Bend

Yoga Pose Primer: Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

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