Relaxes whole body with bridge pose (Setubandhasana):
In sanskrit ‘Bridge’ means ‘Setu’, ‘Bandha’ means ‘Lock’ and ‘Asana’ means ‘Pose’. The poses look like the shape of the bridge, so this pose is called as bridge poses i.e. Setubandhasana. Basically this pose is effective in relaxing the body and reducing stress. It stretches the chest, spinal cord and neck.
Also known as the bridge pose, this asana works exclusively on your spine and hip joints. It also helps relieve pain, stiffness and discomfort in these regions and helps resolve any disorders associated with the neck, arms and palms. This pose also helps keep your blood pressure under control, contributes to relaxing the mind, improves digestion, relieves the symptoms of menopause in women reduces respiratory problems.
- Lie flat on your yoga mat, with your feet flat on the floor.
- Now exhale and push up, and off the floor with your feet.
- Raise your body up such that your neck and head are flat on the mat, and the rest of your body is in the air. You can use your hands to push down for added support.
- If you are flexible, you can even clasp your fingers just below your raised back for that added stretch. The key here is not to overexert or hurt yourself while doing this pose.
Tips: Avoid doing bridge pose if you have a neck or back injury
Health Benefits of bridge pose (Setu Bandhasana)
- Strengthens legs, back neck and chest.
- Relaxes whole body.
- Reduces stress.
- Calms the brain and reduces anxiety.
- Good for pregnant women.
- Improves digestion.
- Cures back pain.
- Cures insomnia.
- Maintains the normal blood pressure.
- Improves blood circulation