Setu Bandhasana: Foundations to Advanced. {Video}

Via on Jun 21, 2012

Photo from David Garrigues dvd set, A Guide to the Primary Series
Shot at the Nandi Temple in Mysore, India

On building bridges, internally and externally, through our practice.

David Garrigues created the Asana Kitchen to provide a platform for students to ask questions and receive thorough answers. David chooses the asana based on how many students have asked the question. The questions David receives about asanas come from beginning to advanced students which is why there is a range of different level students represented in the videos.

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Ram’s setu bandha (literally, bridge) is the ultimate bridge that reunites Ram and Sita. Built by Ram’s (the Self) army, composed of monkeys, bears, and other creatures it is made of stones that float on water because they have been magically etched with Ram’s name.

This setu bandha is the means by which the self crosses through the psyche, through the ocean of citta vritti’s, to win back buddhi (the awakened intellect), the feminine principle of receptive discerning awareness.

Hanuman etching Ram’s name into the stones that will build the bridge to Lanka.
Ram crossing the bridge to save Sita.


Editor: Kate Bartolotta


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About David Garrigues

David Garrigues is an international yoga teacher and is the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is the author of three Ashtanga Yoga dvd's, two chanting cd's and this year came out with his first book on pranayama. David is recognized as one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renown yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that 'Anyone can take practice', a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David's mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of an ever wider circle of people who are committed to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others. David's website and highly popular youtube video channel each have a wealth of free, expert video and written yoga instructional materials to inspire progress in beginner through advanced practitioners.


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2 Responses to “Setu Bandhasana: Foundations to Advanced. {Video}”

  1. Thaddeus1 says:

    This is such a challenging pose and one worth a serious investment of time and energy. Thank you for the thorough instructions, they can be hard to come by these days.

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