Easy backbends for better health

michelle fife yoga backbend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- The benefits of back bending are numerous and with so many of us suffering from back pain it’s always a good idea to pay special attention to the spine and its mobility. The simple backbend of setu bandhasan or bridge pose its quite simple and a great way to strengthen the muscles that support the spine and pelvis.


Lying on your back with feet close to the hips and approximately hip distance apart, draw the shoulders closer together behind you while pressing in to feet and lifting hips off the floor.  Stay for several breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly through the nostril while engaging the gluteal muscles and hamstrings.  Keep the features of the face soft and gently move the chin away from your lifted chest.


Setu Bandhasan benefits include –

Stretches the chest, neck, and spine

Calming to the brain

Stimulates abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid

Rejuvenative for tired legs

Improves digestion

Relives symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort.

Alleviates stress and mild depression

Reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia

Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis




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