According to writer William Plomer: “Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”
Then what, I ask, could be more creative than a bridge? Bridges come in all shapes and sizes. They can be beautiful or utilitarian, sleek or grandiose. But they all serve to connect two or more unconnected spaces.
Bridge pose is a powerhouse posture. It strengthens the back body and helps us counteract the detrimental effects of sitting. And like the bridges we walk or drive over, they can be done in a myriad of ways to make us notice different muscles and energize our inner creativity.
Warm-up your shoulders and thighs a bit first, and then try these two different Bridge pose variations.
1. Wrap a strap around the front of your ankles and hold the ends in your two hands. Then, push with your feet and pull with your hands to rise up into the pose on an inhale.
2. Place a block under your sacrum and rest your pelvis on it for a supported Bridge. Wrap your fingers around the outer edges of your mat & pull for stability. Alternate stretching one leg long on your mat to stretch your hip flexors.
Finish with a seated twist and then lying on your back, hug your knees into your chest. I bet you’ll find that afterward you can problem-solve a little easier, and tap into your muse with a bit more clarity. Can't wait to see what you create.