When I walk into yoga class, mat in one hand, towel and a bottle of water in the other, I always pick up a block. Admittedly, my ego often gets in the way and I rarely use it to get extra extension to the ground in various standing poses, but my favorite way to use it is in bridge…or rather, supported bridge pose.
With a block under my elevated hips, arms extending long to the ground, I relax. As much as I enjoy when given the opportunity to move into wheel pose (it makes me feel like the gymnast I never was), supported bridge is definitely a favorite.
I think I fell most in love with this pose when I was coming back from adrenal fatigue earlier this year; I found my body craving that time and when not given the opportunity in practice, found myself a bit disappointed so now, when I want it, I make sure to take it. As it turns out, “reduced fatigue” is one benefit of bridge, here are a few more:
- Stretches chest, neck, hips and spine
- Alleviates stress and mild depression
- Improves digestion
- Stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands and abdominal organs
- Reduces fatigue
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What’s your preference: bridge, supported bridge, or wheel?