Deep Dive into Bridge Pose

Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana (Sanskrit: सेतु बन्ध सर्वाङ्गासन), Shoulder supported bridge or simply Bridge, also called Setu Bandhāsana, is an inverted back-bending asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise

Etymology and origins

The pose is named from the Sanskrit words सेतु Setu, a bridge; बन्ध Bandha, caught; सर्वा Sarva, all; ङ्ग Anga, limb; and आसन Asana, seat or posture.

The pose appears as “Kāmapīṭhāsana” in the 19th century Sritattvanidhi (written before 1868).[

Description

The pose is entered from Sarvāṅgāsana (shoulderstand), the chest being held forwards by the hands and the feet lowered to the ground behind the back, the knees remaining bent; or more easily, by lifting the back from lying supine on the ground. The full pose has the knees bent and the ankles caught (Bandha) by the hands. The pose may be exited either by lying down or by jumping back up into shoulderstand.

Variant pose

A common form of the pose has the arms straight out along the ground towards the feet, the arms straight with the fingers interlocked. Some practitioners are able to straighten the legs in the pose.

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Benefits of Bridge Pose (yes…there’s lots)

  • Stretches the chest, neck, spine and hips
  • Helps to calm the brain and helps alleviate stress and mild depression.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid.
  • Rejuvenates tired legs.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause.
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort when done supported.
  • Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips
  • Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings
  • Improves circulation of blood
  • Calms the brain and central nervous system
  • Stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands, and abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
  • Reduces backache and headache
  • Reduces fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Rejuvenates tired legs
  • Relieves symptoms of asthma and high blood pressure
  • Therapeutic for hypertension, osteoporosis, and sinusitis
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PEACEFUL WARRIOR POSE (VIPARITA VIRANHADRASANA)

Finding space is not always easy – sometimes you have to strive for it like a warrior. Standing steadily in Viparita Viranhasrasana, the sanskrit name for Peaceful Warrior Pose or Reverse Warrior Pose, your legs are spread apart with your front knee bent and your back foot fully rooted to the ground. Arch your torso back fully extending one arm and resting your other hand on your back leg. With your lower body leaning forward while your upper body leans back, you embody the physical process of give and take – of balance seeking. Finding peace often entails finding a balance the aggressive and receptive parts of ourselves. Be a warrior for peace. Be firm in your resolve and open to receive.

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The Breath Invites Expansiveness

“With each inhale, our lungs fill and our rib cage expands gently outward and upward, similar to an umbrella stretching open. With each exhale, the umbrella in released, allowing us to relax. Because the breath literally expands our upper torso, it can create a feeling of expansiveness within us. This can make us feel more powerful, reminding us that we can always become more open and spacious in our lives simply by breathing. Several times throughout your day today, draw your attention to your breath, noticing whether the experience of your physical expansiveness invites you in to a more expansive sense of self.”

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Today’s Daily Buddha

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The Buddha (also known as Siddhartha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama) was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India (c. 5th to 4th century BCE). He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism, and worshiped by most Buddhist schools as the Enlightened One who has transcended Karma and escaped the cycle of birth and rebirth. He taught for around 45 years and built a large following, both monastic and lay. (wiki)

To learn more:

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation 

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