Do you struggle with the Swan exercise or backbends in general? Shari Berkowitz is here to help! Very often when we do backbends we end up bending too much in the neck and low back and we skip the stiffer area of the thoracic spine, thereby leading to strain in the areas we're overdoing. Get Shari's tips for strengthening your thoracic extensors (your upper back area) and you'll feel the difference in all backbends and even better, in your awesome upright posture. Visit Shari for teacher training, workshops and lessons at The Vertical Workshop. Our thanks to Shari’s student Roccio Cárceles and The Contrology Cohort in New York City where this was filmed.