The TRX Suspension Trainer provides an excellent tool to scale, complement and improve your yoga practice. We’ve partnered with yoga and fitness instructor, and Under Armour trainer, Shauna Harrison to show you how to incorporate the straps into your yoga practice.
Backbends are a beautiful and deeply beneficial element of any yoga practice. Improving the foundation of your backbend makes you more confident and secure before setting off on your own. . This pose is as much about grounding your feet and opening your hips as it is about extending your back. This series will help you build your backbend from the ground up.
Progression One: Building off of an idea borrowed from aerial yoga, this movement opens your hips, back and chest by unloading your body weight into the straps. First, fully extend the Suspension Trainer in single-handle mode. Put your upper body through the straps so that the interlocking handles are resting just below your shoulder blades. Ground your feet, extend your arms and lean back.
Progression Two: This progression allows you to get comfortable with your head below your heart in a backbend position. Stand facing the Suspension Trainer with the handles in both hands. Ground your feet like you did in progression one and push your hips forward to lean your head back.
Progression Three: Set up exactly like you did for progression one, but this time stand a little closer to the anchor point. Gradually reach back and step forward until you are performing a backbend, letting the straps act like a hand to support your middle back.
These exercises are an excellent way to get comfortable and build a strong foundation for your backbends. Use this video to help you scale your practice or to help you improve this position when you can’t get to a yoga class. Be sure to check out the rest of the videos in this series: