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(Gymnastics) a gymnastic exercise in which the trunk is bent backwards until the hands touch the floor
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an acrobatic feat in which one bends backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor.
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Noun1.backbend - an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floorbackbend - an acrobatic feat in which the trunk is bent backward from a standing position until the hands touch the floor
acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt - a stunt performed by an acrobat
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This exercise offers a very slight backbend, which can help you reenergize and clear your thinking.
For backbends, students may first attempt a passive backbend, reaching to a higher surface such as a table or chair, before extending to the feet in an active backbend.
Though I had a long way to go before I could probably bring my toe to scratch my nose in a formidable asana, I can't deny I had a certain buzz of energy that made me want to do a backbend and handstand or at least bound gleefully to my next activity.
Briefly the tango quantifies those elements which make sexual seduction so exciting - in this particular dance the male is dominant and with scarcely a powerful emotion left untapped, tango-dancing males swing and twist their partners and generally finish with a breathtaking backbend, where the woman's head almost touches the floor - a stylised sexual climax if you like, and certainly a recipe for a successful night in the theatre.
"You can do a backbend over a big ball at home after doing [traditional] pushups on the floor," said the fitness guru.
The 20-year-old principal displayed tight footwork, neat jumps, secure multiple turns and an arched backbend. The turns on a diagonal line and supported pirouettes in the partnering were solid and precise.
Essentially, it's a mini backbend. It's an ideal exercise to counterbalance constant upper back forward motions such as working at the computer and driving.
It has notions: When Joy did a backbend today, a pop-up message immediately suggested she calm down.
Seated Lotus Pose: This is a gentle backbend that stretches out the shoulders and helps relieve stress.
Cat/Cow Gentle backbend to On hands and strengthen the back knees, knees muscles and directly above counteract the hips, hands normal contraction directly under that occurs due to shoulders.