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Backward Bend

Woman doing a backward bend
  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Do not lock your knees.
  • Place your hands on your back, palms at your waist.
  • Lengthen up through your spine, all the way through the crown of your head.
  • Keeping your legs straight, bend backward over your hands without arching your neck.
  • Hold the pose for 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Return to standing. Repeat 3 to 10 times.
By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Messenger, MD
Last Revised May 23, 2013

Last Revised: May 23, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD

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