Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

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Setubandhasana, full pose with the ankles caught by the hands

Setu Bandha Sarvāṅgāsana (Sanskrit: सेतु बन्ध सर्वाङ्गासन), Shoulder supported bridge or simply Bridge, also called Setu Bandhāsana, is an inverted back-bending asana in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise.[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; and आसन Asana, seat or posture.[1]

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


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; or more easily, by lifting the back from lying supine on the ground. The full pose has the knees bent and the ankles caught (Bandha) by the hands. The pose may be exited either by lying down or by jumping back up into shoulderstand.[1][2][5][3]


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] Some practitioners are able to straighten the legs in the pose.[1]

Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (One-legged Bridge) has one leg raised vertically.[3]

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 c d Anon (28 August 2007). "Bridge Pose". Yoga Journal.
  4. ^ Sjoman, Norman E. (1999) [1996]. 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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