From the Kay Erdwinn’s Post Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies

In this asana, the fat student may have difficulty snagging the heels behind him/her without twisting and leaning back, which is clearly potentially hazardous for the lower back. The modification wherein the student places his/her hands on the upper back rim of the pelvis, then performs the backward bend, is usually easier.

For those who sure of the strength in their lower backs, holding a strap with both hands behind the body while doing the backbend is another alternative.

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