We are in the throws of Spring (kapha season) ~ the time of year people may feel “stuck in the mud”, lethargic, disinterested, excessively tired. Perhaps your sleeping and eating habits have changed. When feeling this way, moving and opening up through your heart/chest region may be just what you need.
Before back bending, it is important to open up the front of the body, the sides of the body, as well as the shoulders. It is also important to connect with leg strength – maybe then try this posture:
Lie on the belly, bend the knees bringing feet toward glutes, reach back for ankles.
Try to keep knees hip distance, inhale and lift feet away from glutes and thighs away from floor; shoulder blades press onto back and shoulders draw away from ears.
In this pose, we extend the spine and hips, while lengthening also through the quadriceps, lower area of the psoas and the iliacus, the deltoids, serratus anterior and the chest (pectorals major and minor). Reaching back for the bind, we also open up in the shoulders.
Leg strength (feet kicking back into hands) draws us into the shape, as we try to find more movement in the thoracic spine (the mid-back region), while continuing to draw the lower belly region up and in.
This pose has many benefits, including: helping with fatigue (backbends are energizing to the nervous system), anxiety and constipation; aiding the immune system, alleviating back pain, counteracting bad posture, breaking through fear, helping to promote confidence and self-esteem.