I invite you to draw your attention to your eyes. Draw your attention to what you see, to where you look. Above all else, I invite you to notice how you see things. This attention to what we see and how we see it is an ancient yogic practice called "Drishti." Use this practice to turn your mind from distraction to direction.
There is a ton of excitement around bending forwards to touch your toes and stretch your hamstrings. Many times throughout the week, I hear people talk about why they don’t do yoga. One common response is, “I can’t touch my toes.” Stretching your hamstrings has incredible benefits for your mobility, hips, and back health and I recommend to practice them often. At the same time, forward bending isn’t what it’s all about. What about bending backwards?
Do you want to open your chest and back without a struggle? Do you want to improve the health of your spine? Do you want more energy and vitality? Then your yoga prescription very well may be backbends. Not all backbends require your foot to touch your head, or maneuvering your body in a manner similar to a Cirque-du-soleil act. In fact, Supportive Bridge Pose is one of our favorite backbending poses that is accessible to all bodies, all levels, and all ages.