I taught a sequence for anxiety in my monthly restorative class this past week. The supported version of Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Formation Pose - shown below) was included in the sequence. I adapted this week’s sequence of poses from BKS Iyengar’s Book,Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health. The original sequence is about 2-3 hours long - perfect for a therapeutic session, but I adapted this one to make it accessible to all levels and to fit into a 75 minute class.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is such a therapeutic pose, all on its own. I remember my first in-person class with Lois Steinberg at a conference in 2012. Lois taught it as one of the essential poses for the organs. This supported variation of the pose is so accessible and the classic variation is one of the more challenging poses to attain. In this simple version, I demonstrate with minimal support on two lengthwise blankets and a strap to hold the legs together. It is included in most of the restorative sequences in Mr. Iyengar’s book and most of the restorative classes I teach every month.
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