Pilates Backbend Progressions Workshop with Lori Coleman Brown

Backbend Progressions

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Backbends are a vital movement and key to a healthy back but they often have a stigma of being difficult or even scary. In this session, Lori teaches a progression of exercises that form the foundation of backbends and will help you understand and achieve the correct alignment that can make them fun. Once you’ve found the proper support, Lori focuses on bigger backbends and how to identify common mistakes so that the body maintains integrity throughout. The session begins using a Small Barrel to assist with fundamental exercises, moves to a Spine Corrector to open the chest and hips, and finishes with an advanced exercise on the Ladder Barrel. Filmed at Atlas Pilates, Lower Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle WA.

What Others Are Saying


  1. You are amazing. I really want to come to Seatle and work with you.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Thanks rakreedy123. Yes, come to Seattle!!

      • when would be a good time?

        • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
          Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

          See our events at http://www.atlaspilates.com. Up next is Fundamentals Seminar October 24 & 25, 2015. Intermediate Seminar is likely in January. You are also welcome any time for lessons, just make sure to schedule them in advance.

  2. Kara Wily
    Kara Wily 6 years ago

    Brava. I really love how you explain each part of the movement and also allow for space to let the progression melt into the body. I appreciate your patience with the body, helps me to remember to be patient with mine.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 6 years ago

      Thank you Kara. Yes, patience…

  3. LoLHi Lori, I love the way you broke down each exercise and then put it all together! I had a couple of ah ha moments 🙂
    Thanks again,

  4. soul_eil

    Thank you for this class! Smoothly and sweetly into major backbends…gorgeous ;))

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Glad you liked the class. So many of my clients are benefiting from these back bend progressions.

  5. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    One thing: is there any plans to see miss Lori again? Anything from her it would be ok. Grazie Monica

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Yes! We too look forward to more classes with Lori. Our next trip to Seattle is in February so look for classes from her soon after that.

  6. aubergine22 8 years ago

    Brilliant explanations, Lori. So many moments of clarity from your well thought- out demonstrations and guidance through the progressions.

  7. Reb 8 years ago

    Excellent, excellent class. Thank you, Lori! And the girls did a beautiful job demonstrating the exercises.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Thank you. These girls are top notch 🙂

  8. mlmllm68 8 years ago

    Thanks for your class . I really appreciate your explanations . This lesson si gold for me . Brava ! Monica from Italy

    • Lori Coleman-Brown
      Lori Coleman-Brown 7 years ago

      Thank you Monica from Italy. I’m so happy you found gold in this class. I think it’s an important aspect of powerhouse development.

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