Bridging is a very common exercise in group mat classes and on the equipment. Clients have a hard time establishing anchors and being able to fluidly move through the spine. Great chunks of the spine will usually be skipped over by most people while doing Bridge. Learn some valuable cueing and propping techniques so that your clients can achieve a successful Bridge.

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  1. Shelley397

    Is it your feeling that the bridge in yoga and the bridge in Pilates are trying to accomplish two different things?
    Kelly Starrett ( cross fit guru) does a great exercise. The client holds a kettleball, arm extended up to sky. The opposite arm braces the extended arm holding the arm above the elbow.. The weight encourages the arm into the socket. The client then goes up into a bridge. The weighted side emphasizes that side of the spine as you go up and down into bridge, also giving great feedback
    Side to side. It’s in his book Supple Leopard.
    You guys do an amazing job………I thank you for your willingness and effort to share this
    valuable information.

  2. JenniferGianni

    Hi Shelley,

    You are awesome! Thanks for contributing to the site. We hope to hear lots more from you. Great stuff.

    I’m not sure I can answer your question because there are so many styles and ways of approaching how to teach both yoga and Pilates. The Good, the bad and the ugly. But if you get down to Bare Bones, good movement is good movement no matter how it is packaged. I think the main question the teacher has to ask him or herself is if the client in front of them is being served. Are they walking out of the studio a tighter version of what they walked in with or did we help them to find more space and length inside the strength work?

    I love the version of the Bridge exercise you mentioned. It really makes one aware of which side of the body is not on line. I also like this Bridge version to help prep clients for the Corkscrew exercise.

    Keep the comments and questions coming!