The pose of the month for January 2018 is meant to be a little meaningful and maybe even a little bit thought provoking. Bridge pose is an incredibly versatile pose, and is accessible to all level of yogis.
Coming to a bridge in your dreams often symbolizes a transition you may be facing in real life. No matter what the transition may be, it can be symbolically represented by a bridge. Crossing over, changing paths, however you see it, it’s an important change from one state to another.
It makes sense to me, then, to have Bridge Pose be our Pose of the Month. We are changing paths, transitioning from one year to another. The beauty of this pose is that it can be whatever you want – or need – it to be. It can be an energizing pose, drawing fresh blood to the brain. It can be rejuvenating, gently massaging the organs in your torso. It can even be luxuriously restorative, releasing tension in the lower back.
Bridge pose extends and lengthens the hip flexors while strengthening the legs. It tones the upper back muscles and gently stretches the pectoral muscles while calming anxious feelings.
How to do Bridge Pose:
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent in a 90-degree angle, arms on the floor by your sides. Your feet and knees should be hip-width apart, and you should be able to just barely touch the backs of your heels with your fingertips.
Press your heels to the floor and lift your hip bones up toward the ceiling, bringing the weight to the shoulders. Keep the back of your head flat on the floor gazing down toward your knees. Try for a long straight line of energy between your shoulder blades and your knees. Hold the pose between 30 seconds and one minute. Release the pose by gently releasing your spine to the floor, one vertebra at a time.
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