Five Ways to Practice Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) by Mary Pat FitzPatrick
setu = bridge
bandha = lock
sarva = all
anga = limb
asana = pose
Linking these Sanskrit words translates into “construction of a bridge”, thus the name Bridge Pose. This versatile backbend has many variations which reveal diverse effects in the body. The pose may energize and empower or may restore and reduce stress and strain. Just a few of the many benefits of the pose may include: improved flexibility in the spine and shoulders, strengthening the back, improved lung capacity, reduction of blood pressure, energizing the mind and stress reduction.
In recognition of the FIFTH year of our Kiss My Asana Yogathon starting April 1, we will explore five variations of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. The KMA Yogathon presents a great opportunity to explore poses many ways, noticing the wondrous effects in your body. Check out the slideshow below to see members of the MBS tribe demonstrate five different ways to practice this pose.