Yoga Bridge Pose

The bridge pose is accomplished while coming down from the shoulder stand pose, with the feet going into the opposite direction. The spine experiences a reverse bend and all neck pressure is relieved. Holding this pose is beneficial for the back and abdominal muscles. Entering and exiting the pose helps develop stronger wrists and a more flexible spine. The thumbs should be pointed in the same direction as the shoulder stand, otherwise injury could occur.

The first step in this pose is to lie on the back and hold the feet together while keeping the knees bent. Just like the shoulder stand try to lift the hips as far as possible by placing the hands on the lower back. While in the shoulder stand prepare for the bridge, reverse the movements until out of the shoulder stand pose. After doing this a few times go back to the shoulder stand and bend the right leg while lowering it to the floor.

Bring the left leg down together with the right and maintain the pose while inhaling deeply for a few moments. Take one deep breath and go into the shoulder stand and then release the pose and come out of it. In time it will be possible to lower both legs simultaneously. This is a difficult pose for those lacking spinal flexibility, but it is achievable by anyone willing to invest a bit of time into practicing it.


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