Virtual Yoga: How To Do The Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose

Yoga Bridge is a bodyweight strengthening exercise that works the gluteals and hamstrings.

Instructions: Lie on your mat with feet hip width, fingers interlaced. Exhale and slowly lift up off the mat. Inhale while moving downward to start position. In the up position, your body forms a straight line from knees to shoulders.
Variations: 1) Place both arms alongside body with palms down. 2) Place both arms alongside your head with palms facing up, elbows straight.
Modification: If you can’t lift as high as shown in the video, lift up until you reach the limit of your strength, and then return to start position. Move slowly throughout the pose.

EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider

Virtual Yoga: How To Do Upward Plank Pose

Upward Plank Pose

Upward Facing Plank is a bodyweight strength exercise that works the gluteals, triceps, and neck extensors.
Instructions: Sit tall, legs together. Take a deep breath. On the exhalation, slowly lift until your body forms a straight line with shoulders higher than hips, and hips higher than knees. Keeping mouth closed, carefully allow your head to lean back. Exhale and return to start position.
Modification: 1) Instead of drawing your head back, bring chin to chest and look at your feet. 2) Place hands on mat with fingers pointed outward.
Alternative: From a seated position, perform Upward Table instead, by placing both feet, hip width on your mat, with knees at right angles. Lift yourself up off the mat, and then return to start postion.
EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider