Cobra – Bhujangasana
I find that Cobra helps me to build great arm, shoulder and full back strength, whilst also getting a super stretch through the front of my body.
In Sanskrit – (boo-jang-GAHS-anna)
“bhujanga” Serpent, Snake
How to come into Cobra:
- Lay flat on the floor and stretch the legs backwards engaging the full leg as you point through the toes.
- Engage the lower gluteus as you tuck the tail bone under, bring the hands under the shoulders.
- As you inhale start to straighten the arms lifting the chest from the mat.
- Lift to a height where you feel the pubic bone starting to come off the floor.
- Press the tailbone toward the pubis and lift the pubis toward the navel, firm but don’t harden the buttocks.
- Keeping a bend in the elbows, draw the shoulder blades together allowing the shoulders to relax down away from the ears.
- Keep looking down at the front of the mat to keep a long neck and spine.
- Hold for 5 breathes.
- As you exhale lower back onto the mat.
Benefits of Cobra:
- Helps relieve stress and fatigue
- Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
- Strengthens the spine
- Firms the buttocks
- Stimulates abdominal organs
- Opens the heart and lungs
- Soothes sciatica
For many years I have enjoyed an active lifestyle, this included rock climbing, mounting biking and windsurfing now days its all about the yoga, swimming or going to the gym, and along side all of these I take a great interest in the foods that I consume. I love to research new recipes and know how all the different whole foods that I am using are going to benefit me not only with my physical body but also my mental body. I love to share and inspire people to be come healthier be it through yoga, or adopting a cleaner whole foods eating plan.