SANSKRIT: Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (set-uu bahn-dah sar-VAHN-GAHS-anna)

DESCRIPTION: From a supine position, on your back, the hips are pressed up with the heels of the feet rooted into the earth close to the sits bones. The toes are actively lifted and the pelvis tucked. The thighs are parallel to the earth and the fingers are interlaced under the body with the rib cage lifted and the heart open. The back of the neck rests on the earth. The gaze is to the sky.

BENEFITS: Stretches the chest, neck, and spine. Stimulates abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroids. Rejuvenates tired legs. Improves digestion. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Relieves menstrual discomfort when done supported. Reduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia. Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.