We tend to think that backbends are all about bending the back (seems logical), but the real benefit of backbending poses is in opening the heart. And we’re pretty sure that an open heart is the breeding ground of compassion. Just as in Coiled Warrior, be mindful of how far you are pushing your spine. No pose, even the most seemingly simple pose, should ever be forced, but particularly poses that change the natural curve of the spine. Don’t get us wrong, it is perfectly natural to bend the spine, and is indeed very beneficial, but make sure you proceed slowly and mindfully. Being aware of your vulnerabilities is a sign of strength. So as you practice the Compassionate Warrior, and all the classes in this program, remember to stay with your breath, listen to your body, and go at your own pace.