The word “Bhujang” is a Sanskrit word meaning of bhujang is serpent or snake and “asana” means pose; hence the English, cobra pose. This stimulating backbend was named such because Bhujangasana reflects the posture of a cobra that has its hood raised.
How to practice
Lying flat on the stomach in a comfortable position. Preferably on yoga mat. Make sure your feet are together with toes felt. Spread your hands on the floor under your shoulders place the palms underneath shoulder joint and forehead down. Close your eyes and inhale slowly, deeply. Feel the whole body in one straight line. With inhalation raise the head neck and shoulders, Imagine them rooted to the ground throughout Bhujangasana. A final position of the asana breath normally and with exhalation comeback from the practice.
Benefits of Bhujangasana
1. Decreases stiffness of the lower back.
2. Strengthens the arms and shoulders.
3. Increases flexibility.
4. Improves menstrual irregularities.
5. Elevates mood.
6. Firms and tones the buttocks.
7. Invigorates the heart.
8. Relieves stress and fatigue.
9. Opens the chest and helps to clear the passages of the heart and lungs.
10. Improves circulation of blood and oxygen, especially throughout the spinal and pelvic regions.
11. Improves digestion.
12. Strengthens the spine.
13. Soothes sciatica.
14. Helps to ease symptoms of asthma.
15. It makes the spine stronger and more flexible.
16. It also tones the organs that lie in the lower abdomen.
17. It stimulates the digestive, reproductive, and urinary systems.
19. It gives the lungs, shoulders, chest, and abdomen a good stretch.
20. This asana is known to open up the lungs and the heart.
Precautions And Contraindications
This exercise should be avoided if you suffer from the following problems
2. Back injuries
3. Carpal tunnel syndrome
6. Recent abdominal surgeries
7. Sever back conditions
The Cobra Pose is one of those useful yoga poses that is imperative in your yoga practice because it has some significant health benefits. As mentioned earlier, it is great to strengthen, tones and flexes the spine and It makes the digestive and reproductive systems more efficient.
It works on opening up the chakras as well. Incidentally, the Bhujangasana works on four out of the seven chakras- The Visuddhi Chakra, the Anahata Chakra, the Manipura Chakra, and the Swadhisthana Chakra. When this asana is practiced with the eyes open, as you look up, your optical nerves and vision benefit from it.
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