I absolutely love backbends. Remember sometime last year when I hosted a challenge all about backhanding? Oh yeah, I love backbends. So what works so well for a backbend lover like me? Haramichi Back Warmers...DUH!
It's a beautiful, metallic piece that wraps around your torso, helping your back warm up for all these intense backbends and folds that you know you wanna do and sometimes wish you didn't have to warm up for. And how does it work?
basically it works because it's like a sweater just for your back.
But even with a Haramichi Backwarmer i'm not gonna tell you to skip the warm ups. I'm telling you you'll find your body getting warm and loose faster than normal.
One bonus i always had was that living in the unbearably hot Singapore, if i wanted to get warm faster and start some backbending, i'd do it all outside in the sun. It's like being in a hot yoga class, only you're outside with nature! And we all know how amazing it is to feel the sun on your skin. But not everyone has this option. So instead, you can fall in love with these back warmers!
I have 2 haramichi bacwarmers, a gold one in XS and a silver one in S.
I love them both equally but i have learned from this that size does matter.
The gold one, being a smaller size, hugs my waist better and really packs in the heat. It barely takes 5 minutes before i feel my back and waist getting all heated and i feel so much looser and relaxed.
One thing i especially like is that even though you're getting all heated up in that area, the rest of you doesn't get too hot. No breaking a sweat all over your body so you can be in a cooler environment and still get all nice and warm for your back to bend.
I still love the silver piece, it doesn't hold as tightly but it's easier to put on, and i like that. I can deal with an extra 5 minutes of warm up time if it means less struggling yo get my backwarmer on.
Size wise, i'm 33 inches at the hip, 35 inches at the bum and 27 iches at the waist. Technically an XS does fit me best, but you gotta take into account your other two measurements as well.
You put on the backwarmer by stepping into it like a skirt then pulling it over your body. Easy right? Maybe not if you have a bigger booty or wide hips - so you may want to go a size up, which is what i did when I realised it was a struggle to put on the gold piece, and now the silver works perfectly!
I can easily and honestly say I'm adding the back warmers to my regular practice. It's always fun to use props and equipment to improve your practice and this is exactly how Haramichi works. It helps improve your practice and it will definitely make these backbends a little easier - especially if you find yourself with a really stiff back.
So get yourself one right here - HARAMICHI BACK WARMER
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