Look around Instagram, it’s full of lithe bodies in exotic locations doing extraordinary things with their bodies.
In this photo (google image: “free to use and share”), our model is not back-bending as much as she is hinge-ing in one place. That same place where most back problems occur, right at L4/5.
Despite the heroic pose, if you look carefully she appears to have limited hip, spine and shoulder range.
The “ideal” back bend will look more like a rainbow arc and less like a hinge.
I post this not to shame my yoga friends but to demonstrate that just because you can “make the shape” doesn’t mean you should.
We go over this in my Retrain Back Pain 4 Yoga workshops.
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