Asanas

Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) | How to do Bhujangasana | Steps & Benefits

Bhujangasana(cobra pose):

Bhujangasana is also known as cobra pose which is in eight steps of Surya Namaskar and it resembles the cobra raising its head.

Cobra pose has numerous health benefits like strengthening & increases the flexibility of the spine. 

As we are stretching the front part of the body, cobra pose tunes the reproductive & digestive systems. Hence, it circulates more blood to make it work more efficiently.

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Make sure you practice this asana after 4-5 hours of your meals. It is recommended to practice yoga in the morning for more benefits.

Step by Step of Bhujangasana :

Step1: Extend on the floor facing downwards keep your legs together. Place your hands on the floor under your shoulders and keep your elbows close to your body. 

Step2: Inhaling slowly and come up pressing the palm on the floor & stretch your head towards the ceiling. 

Step3: Stay in the position for 10 sec- 30 sec.

Beginners Should Know This Tip!!

1. Don’t strain your backbones as it is precious.

2. Do not strain you will end up in hurting yourself.

3. Shouldn’t over-do back bending asana, it will make you more flexible.

4. You can improve the bending slowly. Don’t strain your body or go beyond the comfort zone. Days will not be the same so don’t worry if you can’t bend more.

5. In final step just take breath-in & breath-out. It will give you more flexibility to your spine.

Benefits of Bhujangasana(Cobra Pose)

• Makes the spine flexible and stronger It tunes the lower abdominal organs. 

• Increase the blood flow and keep you fresh.

• Helps to keep your butt in structure.

• Stretches the lungs, chest and abdomen which cures asthma, sciatica etc.

• Helps relieve mild depression and fatigue.

• Regulates metabolism & helps you to maintain your weight.

• It works as a stress relief & keeps stress away from you.

• Stretches muscles in the abdominals, shoulders and chest.

• Reduce the stiffness on your lower back.

• Menstrual irregularities will be improved.

• Opens chest & clears the passage for lungs & heart.

• Helps you to reduce your belly fat.

Precautions And Contraindications:

Avoid this asana if you have any of these problems
1. Shoulder pain
2. Neck pain
3. Hernia
4. Back injuries
5. Carpal tunnel syndrome
6. Headaches
7. Pregnancy
8. Recent abdominal surgeries

Preparatory Poses

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Setu Bandhasana Sarvangasana

Follow-up Poses

Any Backbending asana

Common Mistakes To Avoid

Spreading your legs apart from each other.

Wrong placement of hand. 

Trying too hard by forcing the body.

Locking elbows.

Author : Rashmi P

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