Our fitness experts track down an asana to help increase stamina and wave bye-bye to fatigue.
Setu Bandhasana or the bridge pose is an asana that will help you become more alert in body and mind. It is a rejuvenating pose that opens up the chest and increases the flexibility of your spine.
Strike This Pose:
Begin by lying flat on the ground with your arms at your side and palms facing down. Bend your knees, keeping your feet flat against the floor. Ensure that your legs are hip-width apart and the heels are as close to the butt as possible. Press your upper arms and feet into the floor and slowly lift your hips to the ceiling. Keep your chin lifted slightly and move your breastbone towards your chin. Firm your tailbone in towards the pubis and move your pubis slightly towards the belly. Keep your lower back extended by keeping your knees over the ankles, perpendicular to the floor. Lift your hips as high as you are able to without breaking position. Hold this pose for a minute. Exhale and gently release the pose.
Benefits: This pose strengthens the back muscles and reduces fatigue; stretches the chest, neck and spine; calms the brain, reducing anxiety, stress and depression; opens up the lungs and reduces thyroid problems; helps improve digestion; helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual pain; helpful in asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and sinusitis.
Avoid if: Suffering from neck and back injuries.
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