Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana
Etymology and origins
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.
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.
A common form of the pose has the arms straight out along the ground towards the feet, the arms straight with the fingers interlocked. Another variant, Setubandhāsana, has the knees bent and the ankles caught by the hands, the back unsupported.
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