Principles of Pain Free Backbending

Backbending doesn’t have to hurt!

Principles of Pain-Free Backbending is a video all about how to deepen your experience of backbends in a safe way.

David assisting Jelena in Upward Facing Dog


David Floating

Backbending doesn’t have to hurt!

Principles of Pain-Free Backbending is a video all about how to deepen your experience of backbends in a safe way. In this video we break down different backbends, all expertly demonstrated by Jelena, into their basic elements of alignment. While many of the backbends we teach will apply to Ashtanga, it is appropriate for yoga practitioners of any kind.

In this video you will learn:

  • The role the legs play in a pain-free back-bend
  • How to engage the bandhas and position the hips for optimal low back support
  • The action of the ribs in a correct backbend
  • How to safely use the shoulders to lengthen the spine

You do NOT have to be naturally flexible in order to enjoy the benefits of backbending. These principles will teach you the fundamentals of how to backbend safely and more deeply.

David and Jelena Standing In The Yoga Studio

Student Reviews

"I loved this workshop. Each class focused on a specific aspect of lifting, or a particular transition, but there were also a handful of overlapping principles that applied throughout. I have been able to incorporate a lot of new techniques into my practice, and I am definitely seeing an improvement in my lightness and floatiness!" - Ashley Ingvoldstad

"I loved EVERYTHING about this course!! Every session was eye-opening. After each class, I found myself appreciating each asana much more than before… even the asanas I wasn’t crazy about before. Highly recommended for yoga practitioners at all levels. Thank you, Jelena and David! Sending big thanks to Kat for her awesome support as well. " - Mika Howard

"I really like how David and Jelena break things down into incremental steps. It means that no matter what your ability level is, there’s something that you can work on. Their explanations and hints are applicable to so many parts of the practice… be it the timing of the breath or body position. Definitely worth it!!" Lisa Huzel

Pain Free Backbending

$24.99 usd

About David and Jelena

DR Bio

David Robson is a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, in the tradition of Sharath Yoga Centre (SYC). David is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, where he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India.

David began a daily practice in 1998 while at university studying Comparative Religion. After graduating, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned to Mysore annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching.

In 2007, David was Authorized to teach Ashtanga and now holds a level 2 authorization.


Jelena first came to yoga through dance. As a former ballet dancer of 16 years, the structure and rigour of the Ashtanga Yoga practice felt like home. Drawn to the discipline, mindfulness of the movement and emphasis on the breath, Jelena made the Ashtanga practice her sole focus in 2009.

Jelena has maintained a daily Ashtanga practice for over a decade. She’s made two trips to Mysore, India to study with her teacher, Sharath Jois.

Lastly, Jelena’s true passion lies in promoting rescue and adoption of (street) dogs. You can often find her sharing her love for #adoptdontshop on her IG, and sharing the joys of living with her two fur-babies, Boksoon and Khani, both celebrities in their own right.