Before performing a backbend, it is important to first warm up to prepare the body and ensure a comfortable and satisfying yoga session. Trying to stretch beyond one's flexibility level or not focusing on the alignment of the body in a pose may result in injury.
Backbend postures stretch and strengthen the spine, open the chest, strengthen the digestive system, promote hip flexibility, improve posture, energize the body, relieve negative emotions and promote courage.
Basic backbend asanas include bridge pose, cat pose, cobra pose, bow pose and camel pose. Advanced backbends include full wheel pose, wild thing pose, king pigeon pose and its variations, and scorpion pose.