Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is also called Uttana Mayurasana. Setu means a bridge and Setu Bandha means the formation or construction of a bridge. In this position, the body is arched and supported on the shoulders, soles and heels. The arch is supported by the hands at the waist. Ut means intense and tan means to stretch. This asana resembles a stretched peacock (Mayura), hence the name.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

Technique for Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

  1. Do Salamba Sarvangasana.
  2. Rest the palms well on the back, raise the spine up, take the legs back straight or bend the knees and throw the legs back over the wrists to the floor. Stretch out the legs and keep them together.
  3. The whole body forms a bridge, the weight of which is borne by the elbows and the wrists. The only parts of the body in contact with the ground will be the back of the head and neck, the shoulders, the elbows and the feet. Stay in the pose from half a minute to a minute with normal breathing.
  4. It is possible to lessen the pressure on the elbows and the wrists by stretching the spine towards the neck, keeping the heels firmly on the ground.
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