Definition - What does Bridge Pose mean?
The bridge pose is a beginner's backbend yoga posture. To enter the bridge pose, lie on the back with knees bent and hands and feet on the mat. Lift the lower back off the ground as high as possible and hold for 10 seconds to one minute. To exit the bridge pose, lower the back to the floor.
The bridge pose is also known in Sanskrit as setu bandha sarvangasana.
Yogapedia explains Bridge Pose
Beginners can start with holding the pose for 10 seconds initially and increase up to one minute eventually, once the pose is more comfortable to hold. A yoga block can also be used initially to support the back. For best results, repeat the pose, hold and release for a total of three times.
The bridge pose offers a wide range of benefits including:
- Stretches the spine
- Expands the chest and promotes lung function, effective for breathing disorders including asthma
- Stimulates abdominal organs, improves digestion
- Improves blood circulation
- Effective for treating menstrual pain and menopausal symptoms
- Treats back pain and osteoporosis
- Relieves insomnia
- Increases energy
However, those with chronic neck and back injury should avoid practicing this pose.