The counter pose to life

Hi, I’m Charlotte (Yogi Cha). I’m a yoga teacher with a degree in clinical psychology. When not teaching, I enjoy learning and writing (my blog) about both eastern and western approaches to body-mind union.

As I was researching on backbends I found an interview on how to practice them safely. The more I listened, the more I started to see a pattern within myself. Backbending feels scary, it feels unsafe and unnatural. Its hard but its such bliss to get there. These asanas are so beautiful and seem to release something within. 
We spend a lot of time bending down, closing in and feeling heavy. Well, gravity isn’t making that part easier. So bending backwards is to balance that heaviness out. It’s a counter pose to life.

To make it work for you in a backbend you need space and you need connection to your legs so that you feel grounded. To balance out heaviness in your heart and mind, you need some space and you need to come back to basics. 
When my mind is foggy, when I need clarity and determination, I need to connect to nature. I need it to resource myself, to clear my energy. So I go to mother nature and I reconnect with her. I turn to the ocean and I turn to the mountains. I need open space and connection to the earth. So that when I feel the gravity, I don’t feel heavy. I feel home. 
Because the planet that I’m standing on is telling me I belong there. When something seems to work against you, its important to turn it into its opposite. And that’s only up to you. Because you are the one troubled by it. Don’t rush it, sit with it. Get to know your discomfort in order to resolve it. Just like the way into your pose. That Asana will either bring you pain in the back or help you release big amounts of energy and open your heart.