Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) and Benefits of Bhujangasana
Posted On November 19, 2021
Few yoga poses are as accessible and holistic as Cobra Pose. Known in Sanskrit as Bhujangasana, Cobra Pose is one of only a handful of postures that are taught across all levels and all styles of yoga.
The cobra posture is another simple beginner-level posture that comes under the inverted supine postures. It is also one of the twelve postures of Surya Namaskar and it visualizes the cobra sitting straight in attacking and defensive movement both. Let us see the steps of practicing the cobra posture.
How to Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)?
Step 1. Lie down inverted ( on the base of your stomach) relaxing straight.
Step 2. Now bring your palms close to your lying down face on either side. Your eyes must look straight and your face is also aligned looking straight.
Step 3. With your palms down and looking straight gently start lifting your upper torso with the help of your arms.
Step 4. Keep moving and looking straight until you can stretch your upper body to the maximum possible ( comfortably).
Step 5. In this position, your upper body is looking straight erect while you also look straight while your lower body continues to relax on the ground.
Step 6. This position hence attained visualizes the cobra’s sitting up position. Stay in this posture for a few breathing cycles.
Step 7. Now slowly come out of it by relaxing the stretched upper body back on the ground as previously you did. Relax for a while.
Benefits of Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose):
Strengthens the spine
Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
Firms the buttocks
Stimulates abdominal organs
Helps relieve stress and fatigue
Opens the heart and lungs
Therapeutic for asthma
Traditional texts say that Bhujangasana increases body heat, destroys disease, and awakens kundalini.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) Precautions:
Avoid practicing the posture in swift movements rather go gentle and calm.
In case of any chest congestion or chronic pains of the torso avoid doing it.
Don’t overstretch the neck or even continue stretching further as it is not required.