One Leg Bridge Pose
Definition - What does One Leg Bridge Pose mean?
One leg bridge pose is an intermediate balancing asana.
To enter the pose, begin by laying down on a yoga mat. Bend the legs and bring the heels of the feet hand-distance away from the hips. The feet are in line with the knees. Lift the hips off the mat until the thighs are parallel with the floor. Pressing the left foot firmly into the floor, stretch the right leg up to the sky, perpendicular to the floor. The hands come together under the back and the fingers interlock, arms extended straight. Hold for a count of eight to 10 breaths then mindfully unclasp the hands and roll the spine down one vertebra at a time. Repeat with the opposite leg.
One leg bridge pose is also know by its Sanskrit name as eka pada setu bandha sarvangasana.
Yogapedia explains One Leg Bridge Pose
Although not required, yogis may wish to master bridge pose before moving on to one leg bridge pose. Modifications include using a yoga block to support the hips, or placing a folded blanket under the shoulders to support the neck and shoulders while lifting up into the asana.
Benefits of one leg bridge pose include:
- Opens the chest and shoulders
- Supports thyroid function
- Strengthens and soothes the respiratory system
- Alleviates back pain
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Strengthens the core
- Energizes the body
- Relieves stress and depression