2 hours ago
Deeper backbends feel suffocating to me. it's so weird because in backbends we make more space in the lungs and chest, then it should be easier to breathe.
it is because everything in our physical body is manifested through our emotions.
anger, fear our other emotions are a few that makes our posture defensive. defensive posture is hunching the shoulders, tight neck, closed chest amd slouching.
when the defensive posture is maintained for a really long time the muscles in the chest, neck and shoulders become really tight.
so, it's not a surprise that when i try to go deeper into backbends i feel it extremely difficult and not able to breathe.
i don't have stored anger so much but have a lot of fear. a lot!
it's clear that yoga does not ends at the mat. it's beyond the mat. before and after the mat. if one starts consciously working on their fears(and/or other emotions), they can experience easier backbends and vice versa.
keep breathing! 😊🙏🏼