Mindful Monday 021

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Happy Monday Illuminated By U loves! Welcome to another installment of Mindful Monday. Today’s asana is bridge pose also known as Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. As always, please be sure to consult a physician prior to beginning this or any other exercise regiment.

Begin lying on the floor, if necessary, with a thick folded blanket or pillow under your shoulders to protect your neck. Bend your knees and set your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible.

Exhale and press your inner feet and arms actively into the floor, push your tailbone upward toward the pubis, firming the buttocks, and lift the buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel.

Keep your knees directly over the heels, but push them forward, away from the hips, and lengthen the tailbone toward the backs of the knees. Life your chin slightly away from the chest, firming the shoulder blades. Stay in this pose for 30-60 seconds.

benefits: Calms the mind and helps alleviate depression and stress. Improves digestion. Reduces anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and headaches.

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