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Asana Analysis Bridge Pose Private Yoga Santa Monica Brentwood Pacific Palisades

Published on July 30th, 2015 | by Catherine Tingey

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BRIDGE POSE (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

BRIDGE POSE is a great elementary backbend which also happens to be a nice heart opener. It is often sequenced at the end of a session as part of a cool-down towards SAVASANA.

ALIGNMENT

Lay on your back with bent knees hip width apart. Feet parallel to one another on the floor. Arms at your side, palms down.

Adjust your heels close enough to your buttocks such that the fingers lightly graze the heels.

On an inhale, press into the feet to lift the pelvis up, keeping the buttocks loosely engaged.

Walk your shoulder blades together so you can interlace the fingers behind the back.

Stay here for 4-8 breaths.

Exhale and release one vertebra at a time.

WORK IN THE POSE

Reach the fists toward the heels – make sure palms are touching.

Slightly tuck the chin

Make sure knees are over ankles, and slightly squeeze the knees together.

Reach the tailbone toward the heels.

MODIFICATIONS

For beginners, try holding a BLOCK in between the thighs

BENEFITS

  • Stretches the shoulders, neck and upper thoracic spine
  • Tones the buttocks
  • Opens the chest and lungs
  • Improves digestion

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Cervical (neck) injuries

 

 

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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