asana of the month

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setu bandha sarvangasana – bridge pose

(SET-too BAHN-dah)
setu = dam, dike, or bridge
bandha = lock

be sure to check out colleen’s previous asana of the month video where she describes the action of shoulder loop.


  • stretches the chest, neck, and spine
  • calms the brain and helps alleviate stress and mild depression
  • stimulates abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid
  • rejuvenates tired legs
  • improves digestion
  • helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • relieves menstrual discomfort when done supported
  • reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia
  • therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis


  • neck injury: avoid this pose unless you are practicing under the supervision of an experienced teacher.