The yoga bridge pose is great for stretching and relaxation. It also has many uses for your workout! The 5 ways to use a yoga bridge pose in your workout are also explained in detail in the Podcast Episode Fit 106: Yoga Bridge, Quiche & Your Daily Routine.
Read and learn more yoga poses from the book “Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga and Meditation” available at the Fitness Makeover ProShop.
Here are just a few of the benefits from doing the Bridge Pose:
- Stretches the chest, neck, and spine
- Calms the brain and helps alleviate stress and mild depression
- Stimulates abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid
- Rejuvenates tired legs
- Improves digestion
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Relieves menstrual discomfort when done supported
- Reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia
- Calms the brain and rejuvenates tired legs
- Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis
Use caution if you have a neck injury.
How to do the Bridge Pose:
Lie supine on the floor, and if necessary, place a thickly folded blanket under your shoulders to protect your neck. Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible. Exhale and, pressing your inner feet and arms actively into the floor, push your tailbone upward toward the pubis, firming (but not hardening) the buttocks, and lift the buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Clasp the hands below your pelvis and extend through the arms to help you stay on the tops of your shoulders.
Lift your buttocks until the thighs are about parallel to the floor. Keep your knees directly over the heels, but push them forward, away from the hips, and lengthen the tailbone toward the backs of the knees. Lift the pubis toward the navel.
Lift your chin slightly away from the sternum and, firming the shoulder blades against your back, press the top of the sternum toward the chin. Firm the outer arms, broaden the shoulder blades, and try to lift the space between them at the base of the neck (where it’s resting on the blanket) up into the torso. Stay in the pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Release with an exhalation, rolling the spine slowly down onto the floor.
Here are 5 ways to use a bridge pose in your workout:
1. Stretch hips and spine
2. Core strengthening-ab and low back
3. Toes up for hamstring work
4. Ball exercises-table top position is a bridge
5. Use as variety for flat exercises like lying extensions or chest work
Listen to Podcast Episode Fit 106: Yoga Bridge, Quiche & Your Daily Routine for more details on how to use the pose with your workouts.