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Setu Bandha Sarvangasana


(Supported Bridge)
 


This supported pose is a restorative version of active bridge pose. Its many benefits include:   

  • opens the chest, lungs and shoulders
  • stretches the belly
  • calms and soothes the mind (helps combat depression) 
  • rests the heart muscles
  • relieves eye or ear ailments, headaches, nervous exhaustion
  • improves digestion 

Keep these instructions in mind next time you recline into supported setu bandha sarvangasana    
Props: bolster, strap, block

  • Place feet on block at wall
  • Secure internal rotation of femurs with strap at mid-thigh  
  • Recline hips and spine on bolster; adjust bolster so that bottom tips of shoulder blades drape over edge of bolster and shoulders touch the floor
  • Bend arms at 90 degrees like a goal post
  • Close your eyes and enjoy for 5 minutes or more!