Setu Bandha Sarvangasana/Bridge Pose – Elongate the Thigh Bones
Over the next few weeks I’ll be unveiling some content from my forthcoming book, Assists Your Students Will Love: A Manual for Yoga Teachers. Hope you enjoy it.
How to give the assist:
- Establish that the student’s foundation is well set, that her feet are parallel and that the natural curve in her neck is intact.
- Establish that the thighs and hips are not thrust forward or tucked under, and are optimally aligned.
- Take a wide stance at the student’s feet.
- Bend your knees, keep weight in your legs, and maintain the natural curve of your own low back in order to protect it.
- Take a firm grip of the back of the student’s thighs, as high up toward the buttocks as possible.
- Elongate the student’s thighs by simply leaning your body weight slightly back, pulling the thighs with you.
Type of assist:
- Feel Good
This assist is appropriate for:
- Students whose foundations are well set
- Students whose thighs and pelvises are optimally positioned
- Students who are learning how to actively elongate within the pose
- Just about anyone
- Maintains the natural curve of the low back
- Keeps the thighs in an anatomically neutral position
- Creates a balance of action between the musculature of the back body and the front body
- Creates a balance of action between the musculature of the inner thighs and the outer hips
- Stretches the chest, neck and spine
- Stimulates the abdominal organs, lungs and thyroid
- Neck injury
- Any acute pain that prohibits a pain-free pose
(With tremendous gratitude to photographer Megan Marie, and models Jen Trisk and Jenny Lattanzio Moles. All three are seasoned teachers in their own right, and without the generosity of their time and help this project wouldn’t exist.)
DISCLAIMER: No practice, including assisting, can entirely be learned from a book or website. This information is not meant to replace direct supervision from a qualified and experienced yoga teacher, or medical advice from a qualified practitioner. Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor may reduce the risk of injuries to yourself and others. Not all yoga poses or assists are suitable for all persons. Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor, in addition to the direction of your healthcare provider, can also help determine what poses are suitable for you.
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