“Backbends are to be felt more than expressed. The other postures can be expressed and then felt. Like in meditation each person has to feel backbends.” -BKS Iyengar
The truth and vitality of Dragonfly medicine are one with the aspects of Back bending. It embodies a stripping away of all the beliefs that say we cannot do this or that.
“Dragonfly reminds us that anything is possible, stripping away all the illusions, and connecting us to what we are worthy of experiencing in life”.
Back-bends have the power to teach us to become more patient with ourselves and to persevere with the task. The mind moves faster than the body which needs time to catch up.
While it strengthens our hips, it’s benefits include increasing the flow of blood, massaging the vital organs and glands as well as loosening the joints.
And just like the Dragonfly, this is exactly what back-bends offer: a deep exploration of our deeper selves and a way to transform and alter our attitudes.
Dragonfly people are like "rainbows".. Their energy is brightly colored.
*Please be mindful, these photos are a variation of back-bends with advanced yoga practitioner and teacher, Tiffany Caronia. It is highly recommended to take a beginners course first, before advancing the sequences.
These photos are part of an going photo series inspired with Animal totem medicines, they are not meant for instructional use.