Yoga Day Nineteen – Bridge

Here I am, teetering on the edge of 2/3 of the way through my challenge and I am jonesing to do a wheel (full back bend) as much, if not more, than handstands or hand balancing (like Crow).  I know I need too things to make the wheel happen.  More shoulder strength and more upper back flexibility.  Strong and soft.

In the meantime, I have a sick love for the Bridge Pose, particularly now that I have figured out how pull in with my inner thighs and open up my lower back.  Strong and soft.

So this sounds a lot easier than it actually is.  You go from here, soften and lift to here:

Getting your chest up higher, by pulling in your shoulders and opening your chest.  And then eventually push up on your head or, in a feat of craziness, open and soften to this:

Bridge pose stretches the neck, chest and of course the spine. Some of the benefits associated with Bridge Pose include:

  • alleviates stress and depression
  • stimulates organs like the lungs and thyroid
  • improves digestion
  • reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache and insomnia
  • therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and sinusitis

As a naturally anxious and stressed person, I am finding the daily practice of the bridge to be super yummy.  I particularly love it with my most demanding and encouraging teachers, because the bridge expands all of those creaks and cracks as you push harder.  Strong and soft.

Inversions tomorrow, so more pulling in and extending out.  Wondering if my downward facing diva tendencies might extend upside down?

 

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