While we practice our yoga we are constantly working to understand the intricacies of the postures. We fumble and try again. We work on building a connection between the outer-worldly life and a relationship with our inner-life. Especially lately, we need to work on spanning the gaps. During this crisis, the outer world is even more uncertain, and distracting with worries and concern. While the inner world is even more elusive.
This practice works on Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, the bridge pose. Let’s dedicate this practice to finding a better way to connect the gap between our outer and inner lives, and between ourselves and others.
Setu means bridge and Bandha is to build or construct something. So it’s not just posing as a bridge but to be the civil engineer – the one that designs it and the construction crew that creates it. And finally, the traveler who enjoys the path connecting the two sides. When practicing we should often try on different roles like the designer, the maker, and the one that appreciates the end product. As we change the roles we enact we reveal all kinds of new information about the poses we do.
This sequence is mostly preparing for the final pose. Like many things more time is spent in preparation than the end product. The sequence is divided up into sections so students of all levels can work on it. Edit out poses you are not sure about, add in others you may feel fit in well. Ultimately Setu Bandha is a more advanced pose where the practitioner is in and independent shoulder stand and then drops back to the bridge pose. But this stage of the pose requires being adept in shoulderstand and having the confidence to drop over backward.