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