Sanskrit Name – Bhujangasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Bhujanga – Serpent / Snake, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Backbend Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Core, Back, Shoulders and Glutes
WHAT IS COBRA POSE (BHUJANGASANA)?
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) is a heart opening yoga pose that strengthens your back muscles whilst opening your chest and stretching your shoulders. This asana is thought to boost energy, reduce fatigue and relieve lower back pain.
DO NOT PRACTICE COBRA POSE (BHUJANGASANA) IF:
You have a back injury
You suffer from severe migraines
You have health complications associated with your nervous system
BENEFITS OF COBRA POSE (BHUJANGASANA)
Strengthens your back muscles and glutes
Stretches your chest, shoulders and abdomen
Stimulates abdominal muscles and strengthens your core
Helps fight fatigue and helps relieve stress
Opens your heart and lungs
Good for breathing and especially beneficial for those who suffer from Asthma
Vedic texts stipulate Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) awakens Kundalini, increases body heat and increases overall health.
HOW TO PRACTICE COBRA POSE (BHUJANGASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Lie flat on your stomach, on your yoga mat, with your legs stretched out and the tops of your feet firmly on the ground. Place your hands under your shoulders and hug your elbows into your body. Make sure the tops of your feet, thighs and pubis are pressed firmly to the floor.
As you inhale, straighten your arms and lift your chest off the floor. Keep your shoulder blades back and strong. Open your chest. Extend through the crown of your head from the base of your spine. Gaze directly ahead.
Hold the pose for 15 – 30 seconds. As you exhale, release your body back to the floor.
COBRA POSE (BHUJANGASANA) VARIATION – PLACE A CHAIR AGAINST THE WALL
If this asana is proving difficult, place a chair against the wall. Practice this pose with your hands on the front edge of the seat and keep the balls of your feet firmly on the ground.