Subtle Threads of Backbending
A Special 1-Day YogaWorkshop, with Chris Croft


April 22, 2017

An exploration of the subtle energetics and integrated whole-body patterns found in backbending

Backbends are beautiful, energising and uplifting poses, which take time to develop intelligent and safe technique for. When practiced in isolation, backbends can reinforce bad postural habits and propagate deep misunderstandings about the nature of yoga practice and how we inhabit the physical body. Strong, safe and empowering backbends evolve out of deep investigation, an open heart and a sustained personal practice. 

Following the threads of internal sensation we will discover how pain free backbends flow from within and evolve out of a deep connection to mula bandha, the deep central axis and the subtleties of the inner breath.

Over the course of the day we will explore the relationship between the pubic bone and the coccyx, (symbolized through prana and apana) and deeper subtle energetic patterns that emerge from the central axis itself. By binding together the opposing internal forces of prana and apana, we will light up the central axis of the body, create an inner radiance and establish a natural sense for ‘correct’ alignment for our poses. Then, by intelligently investigating how to awaken the shoulder complex, spine, hip flexors and thighs, and use the integrated muscular patterns of the hamstrings, abdominal wall and arms, we will establish genuinely grounded, liberating and pain free backbends. 

Some yoga experience is necessary

15 Places Available



Early Bird Discount £45*

*booked by TBC, 2017


April 22, 2017


The Ashtanga Yoga Workshop
King St Business Centre, 7-9 King St, Exeter, EX1 1BQ


[11:00 - 18:00] - Subtle Threads of Backbending