Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
This gentle backbend helps to open your chest, enabling you to breathe more fully. It also releases your shoulders, which can become hunched and tight, in the stresses and strains of daily life, especially at this time of year!
1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet planted firmly on the floor, hip-width apart. Check your feet are parallel. Place your hands on the floor beside your hips with your palms facing down.
2. As you breathe, press your feet and hands firmly into the floor. You’ll feel your hips lift – take them as far up as you can without straining. Clasp your hands behind your back, and push your knuckles toward your heels. Hold the pose for three to six breaths, then come down gently. Repeat two or three times.