Everything seems to be communicating more in these early days of spring. Birds chirp with the sunrise, beckoning the flowers to open. Seedlings rise from the soil yearning to talk to the abundant sunshine. We, too, find ourselves in conversation with the world as we take joy in the changes around us.
As nature awakens and begins to share its teachings, we can respond in kind. Setu bandhasana, bridge pose, helps us open our communication channels by balancing vishudha, the fifth chakra.
When we practice setu bandhasana – feet pressed firmly into the earth, hips and heart lifted, tongue relaxed – we invite prana to the throat. This energy releases stagnation in the fifth chakra, allowing for better communication with the universe inside and around us.
This pose is wonderful for an imbalanced endocrine system – circulating prana into the thyroid, kidneys and adrenals – and for strengthening the entire backside of the body. If you are prone to allergies, setu bandhasana can offer short-term relief for your congested sinuses and improve your long-term health by strengthening your agni, or digestive fire.
Asana outline: Setu bandhasana
Setu bandhasana from the ground up
Setu bandhasana is an energizing and invigorating pose that opens the front side of the spine. Follow it with twists, which are neutralizing or forward bends, which are calming.
Like its name, setu bandhasana is a great bridge for beginners new to backbends or for moving to more advanced postures, like urdhva dhanurasana, our focus next month.
Common trouble spots:
We'd like to give a special thanks to Jon for demonstrating our April pose of the month! Join us in congratulating him on his recent graduation from Hale Pule's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program!