Back-bends are beautiful to look at, such as you see in this picture. Bending the body in the opposite direction of gravity’s pull, takes skill and practice. The body bends like a tree, strong and stable at its roots and soft and bendable in its branches. So is the spine, subtle and strong, yet soft and pliable. Attention to detail is all in the preparation of the pose. Keeping your heels firmly in the ground, the legs follow the gravity’s pull and the mind is into the wave of the spine, much like a big ocean wave, pulling up and up like the force of the ocean bringing to the surface a beautiful wave of the spine.