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25-Hour CET The Art of Back Bending with Gopal Palanisamy

25-Hour CET Immersion Course:

The Art of Back Bending with Gopal Palanisamy
6 & 7, 13 & 14 July

Peninsula Office Tower


About the Workshop

Back bending postures are an exquisite way to strengthen the spine and open the front of the chest. We tend to spend hours leaning over computers and mobile phones, causing our shoulders to round forward, which can create a plethora of problems in the spine and the rest of the body. Along with cultivating healthy postural habits in our daily lives, working with back bends can help to bring balance back to the body. Back bends cultivate patience, compassion and bravery.


Our spine is an incredible combination of strength and flexibility - of Sthira and Sukha. Strong bones and large muscles give us structure and protect sensitive nerves, while flexible ligaments and tendons allow the spine to move in all different planes. With regular back bends, we can help to protect this wonderful balance by increasing mobility while strengthening the supporting muscles around the skeleton.

All levels


In this Immersion, we will discuss in detail:

  • Why Back bends and their importance
  • Benefits
  • Anatomy of the spine
  • Step-by-step prep towards safer practice
  • Exploring with tools like chair, block and strap
  • Do’s and don’ts
  • Developing a positive imprint of Back bends


Schedule & Description,

Day 1 :

6 July (Saturday) 10:00am – 1:00pm
     We will discuss and practise the fundamentals and foundations of back bends and cover:

-Stretching and strengthening the spine


-Urdhva Mukha Svanasana


-Setu Bhandha Sarvangasana

-Urdhva Dhanurasana


2:00pm – 4:30pm

We will discuss and take a tour of the spine's anatomy, as well discussing the benefits and importance of back bends. We will explore the asanas in small groups to learn how to adjust, align and sync the breath. There will also be a video presentation that will provide a clear picture on safe back bends.



A soothing yin practice to complement the back bend

  • Pranayama
  • Q & A 


Day 2:

7 July (Sunday) 10:00am – 1:00pm

Learn how to:

  • Engage strong neutral egs
  • Lengthen hip flexors
  • Eka Pada RajaKapotasana
  • Natarajasana

Urdhva Dhanurasana


2:00pm – 4:00pm

Discussing simple ways towards safe practice

  • Common Mistakes
  • How to let go of fear of Back bends
  • Why we are sore after Back bends
  • Wall workout
  • Exploring
  • Matsyasana
  • Chin Stand
  • Shalabhasana
  • Anjaneyasana


  • Yin Practice
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Q & A 



Day 3:

13 July (Saturday) 10:00am – 1:00pm

A complete focus on the shoulders

  • Warm-up
  • Shoulder opening
  • Stretching & strengthening
  • Using blocks & straps
  • Asanas to explore
  • Dhanurasana
  • Natarajasana
  • Kapotasana
  • Raja Kapotasana
  • Vrschikasana



Discussions on:

  • Difference between Upward Facing Dog & Cobra
  • Why do back bends hurt?
  • Why and how back bends give energy
  • Biomechanics of Back bends

-    Anahata Chakra



  • Restorative Practice
  • Pranayama
  • Q & A 


Day 4:

14 July (Sunday) 10:00am – 1:00pm

This will be a complete Hatha-based meditative practice working on back bends from all possibilities such as standing, sitting, supine, prone and inversions. Exploring shoulders and hip flexors towards a safe & mindful practice.



        We will discuss and illustrate back bends using the chair

  • How to stretch
  • How to lengthen
  • Shoulder-opening 



  • Restorative
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Create a Sangha and perform asanas of your own, address and appreciate each other and grow



FULL WORKSHOP:                                             

25-Hour Immersion Course:

The Art of Back Bending with Gopal Palanisamy
6 & 7, 13 & 14 July 2019


Total 4 Days, 25.0 hours

All Levels


Super Early-Bird Discount! HK$3,686 (ends 5 May)

(Pure Cardholders) Early-bird 20% discount: HK$4,608 (ends 9 June)
(Non-Pure Cardholders) Early-bird 10% discount: HK$5
,184 (ends 9 June)
Regular Price: HK$5,760


Daily Drop-in:   

The Art of Back Bending with Gopal Palanisamy
Day 1 or 2 or 3 or 4  

All Levels

Super Early-Bird Discount! HK$1,152 (ends 5 May)

(Pure Cardholders) Early-bird 20% discount: HK$1,440 (ends 9 June)
(Non-Pure Cardholders) Early-bird 10% discount: HK$1,620 (ends 9 June)
Regular Price: HK$1,800

* Daily Drop In please REGISTER IN any Yoga Studio 

Yoga Alliance:  

This course are under Continuing Education Accredited Hour.  

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Early-Bird 20% Discount:       

  • Early-Bird Discount ends 9 June 2019. Please see above for listed prices.


  • No refund or credit will be given for cancellation starting 9 June 2019
  • All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.

Special offer from Pure Apparel:

20% off all Pure Apparel retail products for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.


Healthy-licious juice cleanse offer from nood food:

  • $200 discount on nood food 3-Day juice cleanse for all yoga event registrants on workshop dates. Ask nood food staff at your workshop location for details.
  • 10% off all nood food items for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop. 

To register, please contact Peninsula Office Tower studio or see reception.