Welcome to your guide for curvy backbends and inversions! After many requests for just such a guide, I am excited to be bringing it to you! And the best part… it’s yours, FREE!
Before you download this free e-book, and dig into the specifics, let’s talk first about the poses. Because let’s be honest: If I had to choose pose categories that bring up fear for people, it would be these two. Both types of poses offer us a new perspective — literally and metaphorically — and challenge us to try things we might not have before (or in a long time). Yikes and yay!
Although those fears are true regardless of a person’s shape or size, curvy folks do face some challenges that may be less of an issue, or not an issue, for our less curvy counterparts: death-by-boob-smush in inversions, extra questions about the safety of balancing on your head or hands, belly compression in on-the-belly poses, etc.
I’ve certainly faced my own fears in these poses and still do to varying degrees (Handstand, I’m looking at you). What I hope you most gain from this book is a way to work with these poses that works for you today. These are all poses that people often work with for years before “getting there” (in quotes because we all know there’s no there there, right?). So if you find yourself in a similar boat, please know that you’re not alone. This isn’t shape/size specific; the good and the bad (so, neutral?) news is that they’re challenging poses for just about everyone.
And that’s what makes them useful, in my opinion: they remind us that yoga is called a practice for a reason. And they also teach us that, when we do make our way into these poses, while it may feel good in the moment, we’re still the same lovely people we were before we did the pose. All of the poses in yoga are tools for self-awareness, and these are no exception.