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center of your chest? It's as if you're lifting your heart—and your spirits as well! It's important to arch your neck only as far as you can support it, as in the first window in the drawing. Try forcing your lower lip over your upper lip, as you see in the second window. It's hard to frown in a backbending posture! Again, in backbends, you always want to be supported; avoid the impulse to crunch your neck back as the figure is doing in the third window of the drawing. A crunched neck (a crunched anything, for that matter) is very anti-yoga and can lead to discomfort and injury. Now smile. Doesn't it feel good?

Let's get bent!

Opening stretch before bending. Avoid crunching your neck as the figure in the third box is doing!

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