Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana

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Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana (Sanskrit: सेतु बन्ध सर्वाङ्गासन), Shoulder supported bridge or simply Bridge is an asana in hatha yoga.[1][2][3]

Etymology and origins[edit]

"Kāmapīṭhāsana" from Sritattvanidhi. 19th century

The pose is named from the Sanskrit words सेतु Setu, a bridge; बन्ध Bandha, caught; सर्वा Sarva, all; ङ्ग Anga, limb or part of the body; and आसन Asana, seat or posture.[1]

The pose appears as "Kāmapīṭhāsana" in the 19th century Sritattvanidhi (written before 1868).[4]


Variant pose, Setubandhasana, with the ankles caught by the hands.

The pose is entered from Sarvāṅgāsana (shoulderstand), the chest being held forwards by the hands and the feet lowered to the ground behind the back, the knees remaining bent. Some practitioners are able to move to the full pose with the legs straightened. The pose may be exited either by lying down or by jumping back up into shoulderstand.[1][2][5]

Variant poses[edit]

Setubandhasana, Kolkata, 2017

A common form of the pose has the arms straight out along the ground towards the feet, the arms straight with the fingers interlocked.[3] Another variant, Setubandhāsana, has the knees bent and the ankles caught by the hands, the back unsupported.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Mehta 1990, pp. 116, 120–121.
  2. ^ a b Lidell 1983, pp. 44–45.
  3. ^ a b YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "Bridge Pose". Yoga Journal.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Sjoman, N. E. (1999). The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. Abhinav Publications. p. Plate 14 (asana 83). ISBN 81-7017-389-2.
  5. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 227–230.


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