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Backbending Bench

The Legendary...

Backbending Bench
by Yoga Props®
Effective, Beautiful and Durable!


Extends spine; stretches & tones abdominal organs & muscles; stimulates kidney circulation; relieves menstrual cramps & back pain; counteracts scoliosis & humpback; stretches shoulders & chest.


For several years, I had a Backbender at my house, where I kept it outside on a (covered) porch. Earlier this year, I brought it back to the shop and cleaned it up. But it remains cosmetically challenged: due to wood shrinkage, the dovetails no longer look perfect, and the shipping Guru says the finish is still a little sketchy. We are offering it for sale at $695, which is the price of the unassembled, unfinished kit. This price will not be reduced any further.


Our Backbender is a beautiful, expertly crafted bench that facilitates a huge variety of poses and stretches. Click on the links below to see how you can use the Backbending Bench to:

Only the Yoga Props® Backbending Bench features beautiful wood joinery, fully rounded edges for your gripping and sliding comfort, solid hardwood construction throughout and natural plant-based protective finishes. A marvel of beauty, functionality and durability! A treasure for your family estate! A conversation-starter for your living room social gatherings! An answer to all of your problems!


This pose opens her spinal joints in traction & stretches her back-muscles.

Relieving Back Pain

The Backbending Bench helps relieve back pain by providing a unique combination of spinal traction and back-muscle stretch. When you lie on your belly, the Backbender supports your body in a soft arc that spreads the joints between your vertebrae into gentle traction. This relieves pain caused by pressure on the discs and nerves between your vertebrae.

Squeezing her elbows together intensifies the stretch between her shoulder blades.

Stretching Chest and Shoulders

Many people suffer from chronically tense shoulder and chest muscles. Shoulder and chest tension causes headaches, shallow breathing, muscle pain and stiffness, mental stress, general discomfort and grouchiness. Our Backbending Bench helps relieve such tension by acting as a fulcrum over which you can expand your rib cage and extend your shoulder joints. When you recline on the Backbender and reach your arms over your head, the Backbender presses your upper spine toward the center of your body, thereby stretching your chest muscles and intensifying the extension of your shoulder joints. Nothing penetrates and dissolves shoulder and chest tension like these poses!

Grasping the short pole keeps her hands from separating as they drop toward the floor, thus intensifying the shoulder stretch. The 10 lb. Sandbag helps her stretch even farther.

Bending her elbows and bracing her forearms against the wall carries the stretch deep into her shoulder muscles.

The Backbending Bench functions as a slantboard, supporting her pelvic and abdominal organs in gentle inversion.

Stretching Pelvic and Abdominal Organs

Yoga is unique among exercise systems in its capacity to tone and stretch organs as well as muscles. By stretching, pressing, inverting, twisting and massaging, yoga poses promote blood circulation that nourishes and cleanses your organs, while toning the muscles that line organ walls. Better nourishment, more efficient cleansing and regular toning add up to increased vitality and healthful aging.

Our Backbending Bench supports you in poses that stretch, press and invert your pelvic and abdominal organs. When you lie with your back on the Backbender's main hump, the Bench supports your body in a gentle arc that stretches all of the organs on the front of your body. When you lie with your hips over the Backbender's main hump and your head toward the Backbender's foot piece, the Bench functions as a slantboard, supporting you in a position that inverts your pelvic and abdominal organs. The stretch tones and increases circulation to your organ walls, while the inversion counteracts the effects of gravity's continuous distorting tug.



You can do two kinds of backbends on the Backbending Bench: Passive and Active.

Passive backbends (below) enable you to relax completely while stretching your chest, shoulders, and abdominal organs, stimulating kidney circulation and mobilizing all of your vertebrae (thereby making this position the most industrious relaxation you've probably ever undertaken). Requiring no exertion, passive backbends restore energy if you're depleted, and are the perfect fitness activity when you lack energy for more vigorous exercise. These photos show examples of passive backbends.

Active backbends (left) are vigorous poses. They require muscular effort and create more intense versions of the passive backbending stretches. These more demanding poses also develop muscle strength and tone.

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Forward Bends
The Backbender helps stretch your hamstrings safely and effectively. Its rungs function as hand grips so you can use your arms to help extend your spine. They also act as foot rests that extend your heels beyond the balls of your feet, drawing the stretch into your calves. The Backbending Bench helps you practice both one- and two-legged (but not three- or four-legged) seated forward bends.

The Backbender's rungs provide a handgrip that  helps her extend her spine as she stretches her hamstrings in  forward bends.


The Breathing Bolster enlarges the Backbender's profile -- a refinement especially helpful for tall people. The Bolster also softens the Backbender's feel.

Relieve Stress and Hypertension

Stress and hypertension lock our muscles and joints into patterns that prevent us from relaxing and enjoying our bodies' full ranges of motion. The Backbending Bench helps relieve stress and hypertension by supporting poses that stretch habitually cramped muscles. When your nervous system feels supported, you begin to relax deeply and thoroughly. Good thing the Bench is a bit hard´┐Żotherwise you might stay there all day.
The Backbender eases neck strain in Shoulderstand, Shoulderstand variations & Plow because her neck slants downhill.
Shoulderstand and Plow

When you practice Shoulderstand or Plow on a Backbender, you can stand on the tops of your shoulders without flexing your neck 90 degrees. Instead, your neck slopes downhill, allowing your chin to move away from your chest. Doing Plow and Shoulderstand this way prevents the neck pain many people feel in these poses, while providing the freedom to do Shoulderstand variations with your legs. Indeed, you can even dance.

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Counteract Humpback

When you recline with the Backbender's main curve under your upper spine, the Bench presses your vertebrae toward the center of your body. This position reverses the chronic humpback profile, providing regular sustained periods during which your chest and abdominal organs can function free of their chronic constrictions.

This position counteracts scoliosis to the left.

Counterbalancing Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a permanent sideways curvature of the spine that affects some people very severely. Picture it by imagining bending to the left all the time. The muscles and organs on the right side of your spine and torso overstretch while those on the left compress. The Backbending Bench helps manage scoliosis by supporting your spine in a curve opposite its usual. This can ease pain and tension that accompany scoliosis, help tone chronically overstretched or cramped organs and muscles, and keep the scoliosis from worsening.

This position stretches her hamstrings while supporting her spine. It also relieves pain caused by varicose veins.

Teaching with the Backbender

Backbender helps teachers teach backbends, since it provides an option for students who can't do backbends without support. With a Bench in your studio, you can satisfy the needs of all students in your mixed-level classes. As you can see from the photo, the Backbender is also useful to menstruating women while you teach inverted poses.

Both Finished Backbenders are made of solid mahogany. The clearly illustrated Backbending Bench Usage Guide (24 pp.) is included with your purchase. It explains how to ease back pain, do shoulder and chest stretches, groin, pelvic and abdominal stretches, Shoulderstand and Plow, forward bends, passive and active backbends, and manage scoliosis.


You can speak about our yoga equipment with a REAL LIVE knowledgeable and friendly person if you phone TOLL FREE 888/856-9642 between noon and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday. Or email service@YogaProps.com

Kay & Ruth, Co-Owners of Yoga Props®
We practice and teach yoga, care about our customers, and understand our products. Please call or write to us with your questions about yoga equipment."
Serving the yoga community since 1979!

Regular Price is $895.

Today's Price: this bench has been SOLD.

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