Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)
Bhujanga is sanskrit serpent or cobra. In this posture, one resembles a cobra, reared up on its caudal support and its hood fully expanded. Hence the name.
- To start this asana, laydown on the yoga mat on your abdomen and relax all your muscles.
- Place your chin on the mat and look to the front. Hold this position for a few seconds.
- Place the palms on the ground underneath the shoulders.
- As you inhale, slowly raise your head and trunk, bending the spine backwards.
- Stretch the feet backwards so the toes touch the ground. Hold your breath and hold this position for about ten seconds. This stretches your back, shoulder and abdominal muscles.
- Exhale and bring your head back to the starting position.
Benefits of The Cobra Pose
- This asana helps cure spinal ailments, including pain felt in the lower back.
- This posture applies pressure on the internal organs in the abdominal region. It helps digestion, eliminates constipation and increases metabolism.
- For women, this posture strengthens the ovaries, uterus. It stimulates blood circulation in the uterus helping in reducing menstrual problems.
- It stretches out the muscles in the chest, neck, shoulders, back and abdominal areas.