Bridge pose is a back-bending asana helping you build flexibility in the lumbar spine. It also tones the legs and buttocks and opens the heart centre, therefore deepening the breath.
Alternative - supported block option
Increases flexibility of the spine, particularly the lumbar spine.
Opens the chest, deepening the breath.
Tones the buttocks and legs
Energises the mind.
Helps relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
Stimulates the thyroid
Activates and balances Vishudi, the throat chakra
Activates and balances Mooladhara, the root chakra
Contraindications: (consult this pose with your general medical practitioner if you have the following)
Lower back injury or surgery
Any back or neck injury