#MovementMonday: Strengthening and Opening Backbends with Sky Ting

A great exercise to integrate into your routine, as you prep for the transition from spring into summer…

This post comes to you from Sky Ting co-founder Chloe Kernaghan, who will be guiding our July Escapes sailing retreat from Sardinia to Corsica.

Updog to Downdog

Start in a Downdog with knees bent, and on an inhale bring chest forward (arms stay straight!) and come into Updog with toes tucked. Start to move forward and back between the two shapes, you can go fast or slow, making sure to use your breath to move you through.


Stand on the knees and shins set up hips distance apart. Take your hands to your low back and begin to lift your breastbone up to the ceiling. If its available, you can take your hands to the heels- while maintaining hips over knees and chest lifting up. Stay for 5-10 breaths, and finish in a simple seat.

Downdog Flips

Start in a cross-legged dog with the right leg on top. Shift the weight into your right hand and begin to turn your feet to the left until they rotate to face the back of the mat. Begin to flip the chest and hips up to the ceiling, allowing the left arm to reach overhead. Backtrack to a cross-legged dog, and switch to the second side. You can swap sides a few times, making yourself feel more spherical!

+ Check out more of our #MovementMonday routines here and don’t forget to follow @fpmovement on Instagram

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The downdog flips look difficult for someone so inflexible like me. Hopefully I will be able to keep my balance doing it in the future.

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