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…

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.

Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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