If one is already suffering from an ailment/ weakness of the back, back arches might sometimes not be advisable. But for everyone else, it is highly recommended to make a regular practice of back arches a part of ones Asana practice – whether simple or complex/ advanced. They help in maintaining the elasticity and mobility of the spine, improve the posture, improves the nervous system, are therapeutic for various physiological and psychological conditions, and bring about a sense of exhileration and upliftment.
Especially in the Iyengar system of practice, there is an immense scope for exploration of back arches: for example, preparatory positions give a flavour and many of the benefits of back arches even to those for whom these positions might not be advisable, they also prepare us for attempting the final Asanas.
This session is focussed on preparing the arms, legs, and the spine for back arches, through a combination of seated and standing Asanas. As with all preparatory sessions, this session is also good to do not just as a preparation of back arches, but for itself.