How to properly practice stalls in the real airplane. Hopefully after watching the video above you will have a better understanding of the process of actually stalling the airplane, and realize it really is a gentle and safe maneuver to practice with your CFI.
It is VERY important to understand as a pilot that pulling back on the controls is not the way to make your airplane go up! All too often pilots have been in a scenario where they needed to get away from the ground and incorrectly pulled back on the controls so much that they stalled the airplane, and instead went straight down. The video below is an example of operating well on the back side of the power curve, where the slower the airplane goes the more drag is induced. While this is not a common maneuver or even one I would advise you to go out and practice on your own. This is a maneuver that you should be able to understand and apply under the right circumstances (such as being too high to land in the only open field around immediately following a power failure and having no other way to get down). Most importantly is that you see an actual application here of increasing drag on an airplane by slowing it down, and understand that had the airplane actually flown faster (at best glide speed which we will talk more about later in the course) then it would have landed much farther down the runway or overshot the runway altogether.