Yoga Lesson Planning Clinic
How to teach Bridge Pose
Dwi Pada Pitham

Below is a yoga class handout I created for my class in Llandrindod Wells.

Download Bridge Pose Yoga Class Handout
Click here to download the Bridge Pose Handout (MS Word format)

This week’s pose – Bridge Pose

This week’s saying/thought – I make connections with other people like a bridge

Sanskrit – Dwi Pada Pitham

Modifications

  • Place a thickly folded blanket under shoulders to protect your neck
  • Slide a block or bolster under your sacrum & rest the pelvis
  • Place a rolled up blanket between the knees

Precautions

  • Headache
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pregnancy
  • Neck injury

Benefits 

  • Chest, neck & spine stretch
  • Calms the brain
  • Helps alleviate stress
  • Stimulates abdominal organs, lungs & thyroid
  • Rejuvenates legs
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps menopause
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort
  • Reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache & insomnia
  • Therapeutic for asthma, HBP, osteoporosis & sinusitis

Steps

  • Lie supine on the floor
  • Bend knees & set feet on the floor
  • Shuffle heels as close to the sitting bones as possible
  • Exhale and press inner feet & arms actively into the floor
  • Push tailbone upward toward the pubis
  • Firm the buttocks and lift them off the floor
  • Clasp hands below your pelvis
  • Extend through the arms
  • Lift buttocks until thighs are parallel to floor
  • Stay in the pose for up to 1 minute
  • Release with an exhalation, rolling spine slowly down onto the floor

Video Tutorial

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.

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