An Easy Guide to Yoga Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Yoga Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is a versatile pose, that can suit a range of needs. Whether you want to cool down and relax, or energise and strengthen the body, this beginners’ yoga pose will strengthen the legs and trains the upper back muscles.
Yoga Bridge Pose is a safe and gentle way to begin to open up the chest, and the release across the lower back is great after a long day sitting down.
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How to do Yoga Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, in easy steps
To begin, lie with your back on the floor, arms by your sides.
Bend the knees, the feet are parallel and tucked in close to the sit bones.
Exhale, press your arms and feet into the floor. Slowly lift your pelvis off the floor.
Keep the thighs and feet in line with each other, strongly pushing down through the feet.
Lift up, aiming for the thighs to be in a straight line with your chest while keeping the knees over the heels.
If possible, bring the hands underneath your buttocks, clasp the hands and wriggle your shoulders down a little - this will help you to get a bit more lift in the back.
Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and then release the spine back to the floor, vertebrae by vertebrae, exhaling as you do so.
Yoga pose category: Lying face up
Yoga Bridge Pose can put pressure on the neck – so be sure to provide extra support to this area if you need it. Try using a cushion if this makes it more comfortable to start with.
Sanskrit words meaning:
Setu - bridge
Banda – lock
Asana - pose
Yoga pose health benefits:
Like all yoga poses, Yoga Bridge Pose has many health benefits. Use it to help with the following health conditions:
High blood pressure
Yoga pose contraindications:
Don’t practice Yoga Bridge Pose if you have any of the following health conditions:
Lower back injury
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