"There are times to respect your body, and times to challenge the shapes it wants to make. If you focus too much on your strengths, your weaknesses will remind you". I found this old blog post by @fitqueenirene
about back bending vs heart openers. She gave some really good advice. For example, having a strong core can lead to a safer practice.Back bends are not about back bending, they are about front opening. You have to have open shoulders, chest and hip flexors.