Saturday, 24 September 2011

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana- Bridge Pose

"Setu" means 'bridge' and "bandha" means 'locked' in Sanskrit. In this pose, the final posture of the practitioner resembles a bridge.


  1. Lie down on the mat on your back with the legs straightened out and hands on the sides.
  2. Bend your legs at the knee and rest your feet on the mat.
  3. Bring your feet closer to the buttocks.
  4. Press your palms and feet firmly.
  5. Lift your hips off the mat and push it towards the ceiling.
  6. Keep your knees and feet in one straight line.
  7. Clasp your hands below your pelvis.
  8. Extend your arms.
  9. Raise your hips further up so that your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  10. Lift your chin.
  11. Open up your shoulders and lift your chest up, resting on the shoulder blades.
  12. Press the sternum towards the chin.
  13. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds.
  14. Exhale and return to the original position rolling the spine slowly.


  • People with low back pain or knee pain should avoid this posture.
  • If you have suffered any neck injury, practice the pose under supervision.


  • This yoga posture alleviates stress and mild depression.
  • Patients of asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis can benefit from this pose.
  • The neck, chin and spine are stretched.
  • Regular practice of this pose improves digestion.
  • The yoga pose can relieve headache, insomnia and fatigue.
  • It is beneficial to women in menopause.
  • Bridge pose helps rejuvenate tired legs.


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