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Level 2/3
90 min

Straps & Backbends

Vinyasa Flow | By Tiffany Cruikshank on Jan 24 2012
This class explores the use of straps to deepen the chest opening effect in your backbends. Great for those who experience compression or discomfort in backbends.


This class explores the use of straps to deepen the chest opening effect in your backbends. Great for those who experience compression or discomfort in backbends.


  • Cherelle Spencer     Sep 12th, 2014
    Love it✨✨✨ instant fave. So helpful with helping me deepen my backbends without compression. Backbend, hamstring, shoulder, psoas love✨
  • Rafael Kr     Mar 25th, 2014
    Great practice. Thanks,
  • Cameron Brown     Mar 24th, 2014
    Love love love!
  • Barbara Antonino     Mar 17th, 2014
    This is such a great class Tiffany! I love the strap use for opening the front of the body...I used to have a lot of compression in my lower back before but following your cues the backbends are the one poses which really helped me heal my pain (along with a lot of core work!) and I have managed to do a little bit of hanuman in pincha!!! I just floated..just a moment up there was sooo amazing!! Thank you so much for teaching me become to stronger and more confident, one year ago (or so) this was one of my biggest dreams and it's been challenging. It has changed my life. Thank you xxx
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Mar 19th, 2014
      Great to hear Barbara, glad it helped! xoxo
  • Karen Teller     Jan 14th, 2013
    Great Class. Thanks for posting!

    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Mar 19th, 2014
  • Nadia Rqm     Jan 5th, 2013
    what a great exhausting class. Love the vigorous flow you had for us, warming my body enough for the backbend. Like others, agree with the usage of straps for camel, now I know what to engage and access into when I attempt this pose. I love the most the use of straps for dhanurasana, which made me lift up higher without compressing the lower back. Thanks tiffany, for such a great, class. I felt like a wrung out wet cloth afterwards, all free and light!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Mar 19th, 2014
      Happy to help Nadia ;)
  • Y Pays     Aug 10th, 2012
    I felt nostalgia when I review my notes from your visit to Dallas Yoga Center...I did this class to refresh my dose of your knowledge. Incredible. Thank you for all you are and all I hope to become through studying at your feet virtually or in real time. What a gift you are!
  • T-Town Yoga     May 26th, 2012 it!!! Thanks
  • Ann Constantino     May 16th, 2012
    Ha! I almost had to have my husband come in and get me out of the strap after danurasana. What a difference in every backbend. First comfortable vip dandasana ever. Great wind down. Felt so light afterwards. Thank you.
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Mar 23rd, 2012
    Great to hear Jill! ;)
  • Jill Slater     Mar 3rd, 2012
    This was so helpful for getting deeper in my back bends. Wow. I love the camel with the strap. For the first time, I didn't feel my low back. Thank you thank you thank you.
  • Lisa Jones     Feb 26th, 2012
    just did. fingers crossed. :)
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 26th, 2012
    Would love to visit Atlanta Lisa, email to talk details. ;)
  • Lisa Jones     Feb 26th, 2012
    If you any desire to come to Atlanta- I would love to host a training here for you!
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 26th, 2012
    Thanks Lisa, glad it's helpful. Most of it is from my sports medicine training that I apply to yoga. Would love to have you on a 500hr training, keep yur eyes peeled for something near you. Info at, I'm in the process right now of booking two more for 2013. ;)
  • Lisa Jones     Feb 26th, 2012
    Tiffany- I would LOVE to do your 500 therapeutic training if i can swing it. You are an amazing instructor and i feel very blessed to have found your classes. I am currently 200E-RYT, with about 150addtl. of therapuetic training and i have both scientic keys books and use them extensively... but have not been able to draw from them what you seem to be able to. i am currently working with Susi Hately Aldus (are you familiar w her?) and at times, some of the alignment you offer is a bit different... is why i asked. i loved how you applied the use of the strap to create the stability and opening of the chest in back bends... you are always offering such amazing insights into the biomechanics of each asana in a way that is very relatable and usable so i feel very drawn to your teachings-- more so than anyone else. I so wish you were not on the opposite coast, ugh! I hope to be able to learn from you personally one day soon.
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 26th, 2012
    Thanks H K, glad it was helpful. :)
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 26th, 2012
    Lisa- a lot do my anatomy comes from my acupuncture &'sports medicine training that I have intermingled with my knowledge of yoga but there are plenty of great anatomy for yoga books out there. My favorites are the Scientific Keys books (if you just google scientific keys anatomy yoga you should find it), yoga body by Judith lasater is also good. I do a ton of anatomy in both my 200 & 500hr teacher trainings if you're a yoga teacher Lisa, it's always easier to learn in a class setting than a book. Hope that helps. ;)
  • H K     Feb 26th, 2012
    Beautiful class, Tiffany. The use of the straps was a real eye-opener as well as chest-opener. Thanks. Love your classes.
  • Lisa Jones     Feb 23rd, 2012
    tiffany - could you recommend some anatomy/alignment/kinesiology books that have inspired your teachings?
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 15th, 2012
    Nice, great to hear Kym. Hope you're doing well! ;)
  • Kym Coco     Feb 15th, 2012
    What a difference the chest opening with the straps made for my backbends! Awesome!
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 13th, 2012
    Great to hear Steven, its so helpful for the health of the respiratory tissues as well. Glad it's helping. :)
  • Steven Kaplan     Feb 13th, 2012
    I am an amateur choir singer and have found this workout useful to help with chest opening/expansion. This combined with pranayama is allowing me to develop better breath control while singing. Thanks!
  • YogaGlo     Jan 29th, 2012
    Jane - we just emailed you some tips to help with the streaming on your end.
  • Jane Ashurst     Jan 29th, 2012
    hi there, I am having a lot of trouble with streaming the classes and this one I just could not watch - it took like an hour to watch 20minutes of the class - help please!
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Jan 27th, 2012
    Great to hear Bethany, love those straps, even those who love backbends get a whole new experience. Enjoy :)
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Jan 27th, 2012
    Lol Sara, glad you like the no nonsense. :)
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Jan 27th, 2012
    I love it Julia, great to hear. Funny how much it changes your inversions. Happy to help. ;)
  • Bethany Cote Woodsome     Jan 26th, 2012
    Excellent class! I generally enjoy backbends (and all of your classes!) but this class put a whole new feel on them by using the strap. Thank you.
  • Sara Jordan     Jan 25th, 2012
    Yeesh, no mercy! Great stuff, thanks.
  • Julia Rice     Jan 25th, 2012
    Great class! The strap definitely got me more connected with that space behind my shoulder blades in the backbends and my handstand attempts were much more stable - I even got some hang time. Woot Woot!
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Jan 24th, 2012
    Thanks Patti, that's one of my favorites! ;)
  • Patti MacPherson     Jan 24th, 2012
    thanks Tiffany, loved the strap, it made a huge difference in how my backbends felt!