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Winter Element Backbend Sequence for the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder

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Inspired by the desire to nourish the kidney meridian which flows through the center of the body including the center line of the legs as well as the Urinary Bladder meridian which flows down the entire back of the body. Backbends can be very stimulating, but move through this challenging sequence slowly working to balance these meridians as opposed to over working and taxing these important energy centers. 

Asanas: 
Sukhasana
Model: Dona Holleman
English name: Easy Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Beginner
Virasana
Virasana Credit: Iyengar Teacher Training Yoga Del Sur
English name: Hero's Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Beginner
Find more space in the knees by drawing the flesh of the calves back and away from the knees.  
Adho Mukha Virasana
Credit:  Scuola Yoga Camerino
English name: Downward Facing Hero Pose
Practice type: Forward Bends
Practice level: Beginner
Supta Virasana
Supta Virasana with a Partner
English name: Reclining Hero's Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
If your thighs insist on sliding apart in this pose, you might try one of two short-term solutions: bind your thighs together with a strap positioned around the mid-thighs; or squeeze a 2- to 3-inch thick book between... more
Baddha Konasana
Model: Adri Kyser
English name: Bound Angle Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Intermediate
Supta Baddha Konasana
Credit: Sara Agelasto
English name: Supine Bound Angle Pose
Practice type: Restorative
Practice level: Beginner
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Model: Dawn F. Cala Nova, Ibiza, Spain
English name: Downward Facing Dog Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to stretch from the hands to the buttocks and from the heels to the buttocks. - Geeta Iyengar, Preliminary Course. Keep the feet parallel to each other and extend the toes. Move the trunk towards the legs. Take... more
Salamba Sirsasana I
Model: Sara Agelasto
English name: Supported Head Balance Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Beginner's Tips from Geeta Iyengar's Preliminary CourseLearn to consolidate this position by lifting the shoulders and spine as well as the legs, from the heels to the thighs, upwards towards the buttocks. The... more
Salabhasana
English name: Locust Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Beginner
The Closer the legs are together the more difficult the pose.To relieve lower back pain, the knees are bent, shins perpendicular to the floor. The thighs are lifted from the floor and the knees and thighs brought closer... more
Makarasana
English name: Crocodile Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Christy Brock Yogaminded.com
English name: Upward Facing Dog Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
This asana may be performed with the toes in the same positions as Chaturanga Dandasana. Learn to raise the trunk higher up, using the arms as support.
Bhujangasana
Model: Kate Hallahan Zuckerman
English name: Cobra Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Beginner
Dhanurasana
Model: Adri Kyser
English name: Bow Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to raise the arch of the body up giving a backward pull to the arms. Balance on the abdominal area. - Geeta Iyengar, Yoga In Action Preliminary Course
Ustrasana
Model: Adri Kyser
English name: Camel Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to bend backward while keeping control over the legs. Learn to keep the shins pressed down in order to lift the thighs and spine. Do not distort the legs for the sake of bending.If you cannot take the hands down... more
Chatush Padasana
Chatush Padasana by Old Moon Yoga
English name: Four Footed Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Beginner
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Model: Sara Agelasto Credit: Peter Agelasto
English name: Whole Body Bridge Formation Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Beginner
Stretch the spine towards the neck, keep the heels firmly on the ground. 
Salamba Sarvangasana I
Kate Hallahan Zuckerman in Salamba Sarvangasana I
English name: Shoulderstand, Supported Whole Body Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Practice this pose with the guidance of a reputable teacher first.Practice this pose with a chair or a wall. At the wall, place your 3 four-fold blanket and mat set up at the wall with the folded edges of the... more
Halasana
Model: Sara Agelasto Credit: Peter Agelasto
English name: Plow Pose
Practice type: Inversions
Practice level: Intermediate
Learn to maintain the lift of the spine when the toes touch the floor.Extend the hips towards the ceiling. Lift the backs of the knees.Press the Toes. Lift the Thighs, the Buttocks and the Trunk.  
Pascimottanasana
Model: Cynthia Woodring
English name: Intense Stretch of the West of the Body Pose
Practice type: Forward Bends
Practice level: Intermediate
Bharadvajasana I
Model: Kate Hallahan Zuckerman Credit: Ellie WIlliams, Cville
English name: Pose Dedicated to the Sage Bharadvaja
Practice type: Twists
Practice level: Beginner
Draw the shoulderblades in the back to lift the sternum.Learn to turn the spine laterally before attempting to clasp. Pay attention to the fact that the turn is always to the opposite side that the legs are placed on... more
Savasana
Credit: Sara Agelasto
English name: Corpse Pose
Practice type: Restorative
Practice level: Beginner

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