What is Setubandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Yoga pose)
The Sanskrit word setu means “bridge,” bandha translates as “formation,” and sarvanga means “entire body.”
In this asana, the body arches to take the shape of a bridge. The chinlock in the asana calms the flow of thoughts and soothes the mind.
Benefits of Setubandha Sarvangasana
- Helps prevent arterial blockages or cardiac arrest by resting the heart muscles and increasing blood circulation to the arteries
- Combats fluctuating blood pressure, hypertension, and depression by soothing the brain and expanding the chest
- Relieves eye or ear ailments, migraines, stress-related headaches, nervous exhaustion, and insomnia
- Improves digestion and strengthens the abdominal organs
- Relieves backaches, strengthens the spine, and relieves neck strain
- Helps rest tired legs and prevent varicose veins
Contraindications and Cautions
Make sure that your lower back touches the edge of the bench in the final pose. your buttocks should not touch the edge of the bench, but should not be too far
from it, otherwise your shoulders will lift, causing neck strain.