Bridge pose from Sanskrit language Setu Bandha Sarvangasana means bridge for all your limbs or all your limbs are working to form a bridge with your body. Did you know that this exercise show up in any form of fitness settings to improving athletic performance starting from bodybuilder to runner or yogi. Did you ever tried daily 10 mins of bridges workout? How about these bridge modifications: single leg, weighted, inverted, narrow stance or bridge pulses?
“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities” Tim Margo
This pose simplicity allows for all levels students to discover toning, strengthening, stretching and concentration due to variety of ways and modifications as well pose transitions. This poser can be powerful as stimulating, energizing, rejuvenating or opposite- cooling, calming, healing and restorative. Students with neck , lower back and shoulder injuries or sensitivity have to be very careful, as pose has some contraindications!
Bridge pose helps to maintain proper posture, reduce knee and back pain, developing your waistline, its getting tinier, strengthening your deep core muscles, starting rectus abs(six pack), transverse abs and obliques, and don’t forget that bridges fully engage posterior chain: back, glutes and hamstrings. Its good choice for practice, if you are looking for to build strong buttocks, abs, and thighs. As well this pose provides several stretching benefits for your spine, chest, shoulders and neck, stimulates abdominal organs and digestion system, lungs and thyroid. It can be therapeutic for asthma, sinusitis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis & etc.
There are lots of information about how to perform this pose and lots of yoga pose encyclopedias. If you will attend my classes you will get my interpretation of pose and modifications. Please come back to me if you need any support with technique, questions & etc.
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All the best with yoga practice!