Mastery of Yoga, Kasper van den Wijngaard

See Kasper van den Wijngaard, world yoga champion, perform his magical skills. Yoga at it’s finest.

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Back Bending Tips with World Yoga Champion Kasper van den Wijngaard
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World Yoga Champion Kasper van den Wijngaard shares his back bending tips.

“I love backward bending. As with any yoga posture, it is essential to learn the right technique… to not hurt your spine but to make it healthier. When the technique is right, it feels good! My best advice: get a teacher who can teach you the right technique, and practice, practice, practice. The better you get at backward bending, the more your spine opens up, the easier it gets to go from (deep) forward bending to (deep) backward bending, or from (deep) backward bending to (deep) forward bending. In the beginning you have to be (more) cautious. After a series of backward bends, do gentle spine twists, release the spine with some traction before you forward bend.

Easiest part of the spine to bend backwards for most people is the lower back, and that’s also why it is the part of the spine that takes most of the abuse with incorrect form.

There are many different backbends but in general you have to bend from top to bottom, upper, middle, lower spine. Ideally you get the shape of a circle, no jagged edges. If your spine is open, yes, you can bend the whole spine — ‘whooosh’ — in a matter of seconds. However, in the process of opening up the spine, don’t be in a hurry to go as deep as possible. Take your time to find the right chain of muscles to contract to open the spine vertebra by vertebra.

Inhale to lift the chest, exhale as you go backwards. Never let the hips roll out to avoid jamming or compressing the lower spine. With standing or kneeling backward bends it has everything to do with the feet and knees. Remember, the goal is not to touch the floor, to grab the heels etc…but to bend the spine. If you can remember that in your excitement, then you will get there.” – Back Bending Tips with World Yoga Champion Kasper van den Wijngaard

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I am a Systems Scientist with a Specialty in Systems Analysis and Computer Science and Neuro Linguistic Programming. I write software. I consult with large and small corporations on a variety of technical fields: finance, banking, insurance, construction, engineering, simulations, modeling, electronics, product design, systems integration, and much more. I am a writer. I am an atheist/anti-theist or "bright" - no invisible friends for me. You are free to be or "believe" what you want as long as you don't harm anyone in your actions in accordance with the non-aggression principle. I promote the natural human desire to freely trade with others and to relate with others in the context of the non-aggression principle and voluntary society with spontaneous order. I'm working to rebalance my body through various forms of body weight strength training such as hot yoga, calisthenics, in addition to free weights and old school strength training; and nutrition of course. I practice meditation of observing one's own breath without trying to change its rythym, which is something one can practice whatever one is doing in life (or whatever life is doing to one). I'm comitted to excellence and life long learning. If I can bring a smile to your face; if I can brighten your day; if I can learn from you; if I can teach you; if I can freely trade with you; if I can make a positive difference in your life; these are actions of success that I value. Live long and prosper.
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