Bridge Pose / Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is our pose of the week.
This pose is perfect to build strength in the legs but also for those working towards a shoulder stand. It is a beginners back bend pose, ideal for those that may suffer from back pain due to sitting for long periods.
How to do Bridge Pose:
- Start by laying down on the floor with your arms down beside you.
- Bending at the knees bring the feet flat on the floor (ankles directly below the knee).
- Push the lower spine into the floor.
- Taking a deep inhale, push down through the feet and shoulders, lifting your hips off the floor.
- Interlinking the fingers underneath you, draw the shoulder blades together and push through the arms.
- Tuck the tail bone towards the underside of the knees and draw the chin into the chest.
- Keep strengthening through the arms lifting the chest upwards and squeeze the thighs inwards.
- Hold for 5 breaths.
- As you breath out, lower the spine down bringing the hips down last with your arms beside you.
- Bring your feet together and allow the knees to fall to the sides.
- This can also be performed with a block between the thighs.
Benefits of Bridge Pose:
- Opens the chest, heart and shoulders.
- Stretches the spine and the back of the neck.
- Stretches the thighs and the hip flexers.
- Relief from stress & headaches.
- Increases lung capacity.
- Stimulates the abdominal organs.
- Improves digestion.
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