• Francesca Matteoda

Setu bandhasana (bridge pose)

Hi folks!

I hope you've had a good week. The snow and ice have finally cleared here in Madrid and the city is back to normal (well, if you can call semi-lockdown "normal"), but now there are blustering winds and all the parks are closed because so many trees were damaged by the snowstorm. We also have more severe lockdown measures as of tomorrow, so it's not all fun and games, but I try to keep cheerful anyway!

So, here's one of the basic asanas of hatha yoga...

Benefits: Opens the chest, stretches the neck, spine, and hips. Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings. Relieves stress and mild depression. Calms the mind and central nervous system. Stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands, and abdominal organs.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Neck or back injuries. Pregnancy (it places a lot of pressure on the organs in the abdominal area and could be harmful to the baby).

Have fun, listen to your body, never compete with others or yourself, and if you have any questions just drop me a line.

Namaste



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