Eve Grzybowski

Yoga Suits Her

I’ve been teaching yoga since 1980.  A lot of my identity is tied up with being a yoga teacher.  What does that mean?  What should that mean? On this site I explore my personal journey and provide commentary on the state of yoga in the twenty-first century. I invite you to have a look and see what may be here for you.

Photo by: Julie Slavin Photography, Old Bar

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Supported Bridge: A Healing Pose

Image of Eve lying lengthwise face-up on a bolster with shoulders on the floor and feet up on second bolsters, relaxing.

The healing benefits of supported bridge

Do you have poses that you do rain or shine and in all seasons. Your body and mind say, ‘This is an every day pose. Bring it!’ Supported bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) is one of these.

It can be performed in a variety of ways. And, it can be done with or without props.

Using props makes supported bridge a restorative pose which gives it additional healing benefits.

For my part, I do supported bridge to help with any low back compression stemming from gardening, As well, it’s good for my body after my free weights workout. Part of why the pose is good for the lower back and sacrum is because it stretches the abdominal area at the same time. This part of your body tenses up when your back is tight but it’s hard to release it. When the back and belly relax in supported bridge, tension in the digestive organs eases, too.

Another advantage of the pose is that it soothes your nervous system. The props support your heart and lungs to open gently, and, without any effort from you. Five or ten minutes in supported bridge can calm your mind, as well as reduce nervous exhaustion. 

Here are a few more benefits for Setu Bandha Sarvangasana:

  • It opens your dorsal thoracic, breathing and shoulders.
  • It rests your heart.
  • It relieves eye or ear problems and headaches.

Here’s how you do it

  • Lie down with your hips and spine on bolster. Adjust the bolster so that the bottom tips of your shoulder blades drape over the edge of the bolster and your shoulders rest on the floor.
  • Use a belt on your thighs to keep them internally rotated.
  • Place your feet on an upright block or a bolster that you’ve arranged at the wall.
  • Relax your arms and have your arms straight or elbows bent to form a right angle.
  • Close your eyes and stay for 5 minutes or more.

If there’s any discomfort in your lower back, try tucking your buttocks under and/or bending your legs and having your feet on the floor.

For a video demonstration of this pose:

 

 

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Classes and Workshops

I’m currently teaching two weekly classes on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales where I live. I also lead workshops here and in other parts of Australia.

Visit the Vault!

I’ve been regularly contributing to this blog since 2009.  There are now over 1250 posts about a very wide range of topics. Click here to explore.

Yoga Resources

Books, videos, teachers, websites, places to buy really hot yoga clothes (kidding), and generally anything I find that I think others might find useful.

A Bit About Eve

I’ve been teaching since I was 35. I’m now 73. In that time there have been a few changes. Click here if you want to find out a bit about my life.

Media

I know, I know.  Yoga teachers all want to teach remotely.  I’ve been no exception.  Here are some video and audio productions that I’ve made. Not many – it’s something that I alway mean to get around to.

Shop

No, I’m not selling yoga mats or clothing.  I don’t even have a t-shirt… yet.  But from time to time I find myself with something that someone may want.  Have a look, I’m never sure what you’ll find.