Backbends -- Correcting Asymmetries

December 13, 2013: Backbends – Correcting Asymmetries

Asymmetries in the musculoskeletal system may be traced to unevenness in bone shape or length, to uneven muscle development, or to injuries that may leave scar tissue, or unevenness in ligaments and tendons (length and elasticity). And, while yoga poses of all kinds can help correct some asymmetries, backbends are among the best for correcting asymmetries in shoulders, and asymmetries connected with connective tissue along the front of body. You may or may not have or notice asymmetries in your practice, but practicing backbends with awareness of symmetry brings greater depth in all poses.