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?
Another one of my favorites! I’m so impressed with this series you are doing. 🙂
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Thanks girl, that means SO much to me! 🙂
I love that it’s national yoga month! what a great challenge. good luck!
Thanks!! It’s a great month to celebrate!
I love this position! I still do it a lot!
It’s definitely a pregnant mama option!
This is my goto pose for when I’m feeling anxious and tight. Bridge I love but there’s something about full wheel. Looking forward to reading more of what you showcase this month. 🙂
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Oh I love wheel too!!
Love bridge! One of my faves!
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I love bridge pose when my stomach is feeling upset from food, stress, etc. I cant do a wheel yet but I’m working on it!
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Ohhh I haven’t tried it then, I should!
Haha I’ve tried this pose once and never again. 😀
Have a nice day
Why never again?
I never certain poses helps achieve different benefits for your body! Thank you for sharing!
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Each pose supports us in a new way. It’s amazing!
I’m not a huge fan of supported bridge, but YES to the others!
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When I first was able to do wheel I was ECSTATIC…so I have to say I love wheel but I truly incorporate bridges into almost ALL of my piloga classes, so good!
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I love wheel too! I usually do at least 1 or 2 wheel poses before moving into wheel.