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Pose of the Month: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

July brings us a new pose of the month- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, or, Bridge Pose (setu = dam, dike or bridge, bandha = lock). This is a great pose for yogis in all stages of practice, and the benefits are extensive. Anatomically, Bridge focuses on the neck and shoulders and in women, the uterus. The chest, neck and spine are stretched, while the abdominal organs, lungs and thyroid are stimulated. The pose can also alleviate stress, improve digestion and rejuvenate tired legs. Here are some tips to help you get into Bridge:

  • Lie on your back, and if necessary, use a blanket under your shoulders to support the neck. Bend your knees with your feet on the floor, keeping the heels close to the sitting bones
  • As you exhale, actively press your inner feet and arms into the floor, pull the tailbone up toward the pubic bone, and lift the buttocks until the things are about parallel to the floor. Engage your thighs and inner feet to keep them parallel
  • Keep the knees over the heels and press them forward away from the head, lengthening the tailbone
  • Keep your arms on the floor or clasp the hands below your pelvis and extend, allowing you to rest on the top of the shoulders
  • Lift your chin slightly away from the sternum and firm and broaden the shoulder blades against your back. You should feel the space between them lift up into the torso
  • Stay in the pose anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Release with an exhalation, rolling the spine slowly down onto the floor.

For an added challenge, try lifting a leg until perpendicular to the torso and repeat on the opposite side. Sliding a block under the sacrum can provided added support and increase the restorative properties of the pose. Use caution if you have a neck injury and if you have any questions, be sure to ask an instructor.

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Muscular Energy and Organic energy

Muscular energy and organic energy are the two primary forms of energy and alignment within the flow of Anasura Yoga. Muscular energy, initiated first, is the flow of energy from the outside in. Muscular energy is the conscious movement of energy along the lines of the body, drawing muscle to bone and connecting limbs to joints as the energy moves ever inward to the body’s core. This integration of the outer body to the inner creates greater strength and stability, and is the result of great intention and awareness of the body moving within the flow of the poses. Organic energy is the reciprocal flow of energy from the inside out. Organic energy originates in the core focal points of the body and radiates outward, lengthening the limbs and expanding the muscles through expressive ranges of motion. A balanced flow of postures maintain the flow of muscular and organic energy to the outermost and innermost limits of the physical experience.

Focal points

The focal point of the body is the central point of power within any given asana, or yoga pose. The focal point of a pose is the central point within the body to which muscular energy is drawn and from which organic energy radiates. There are three possible focal points within the body, all located along the central line of energy and determined accorded to the most weight-bearing place of each pose.

The three possible focal points (and common corresponding poses) are:

  • The core of the pelvis. (standing poses)
  • The bottom of the heart. (most arm balances)
  • The center of the upper palate in the mouth. (inversions)