In a variation of standing backbend, one may keep the head in neutral position. Note that the head should not fall back. It's also best not to go beyond one's comfortable level of back bending. The hands can also be raised over the head and back with the palms together or separate.
Standing backbend stretches the spine and promotes flexibility, promotes respiratory and cardiovascular health, improves posture and energizes the body.
Those with chronic neck, back or hip conditions should refrain from practicing this pose.