The Cobra Pose
If you would like to know what is the cobra pose in yoga you have come to the right place. The Cobra Pose in Sanskrit is Bhujangasana, Bhujanga meaning Snake and Asana meaning Pose. It is a great pose for beginners and for everyone who would like to strengthen the spine and shoulders while gaining more flexibility in the spine.
I like this pose and love to do it mainly in the morning, it gives me a great stretch and wakes up my body and spine after I wake up from my good night sleep. If you would ask me to tell you what is the cobra pose in yoga in one sentence I would probably say that it is a backbend that energizes the body, strengthens the buttocks, abdomen, and shoulders.
Relatively Easy Pose
Each pose in yoga has its own benefits and each pose has its own modifications. In the Cobra Pose, like in many other poses, the difficulty level depends on your body and your abilities to perform the pose. In this pose, it is very important to work from the shoulders and not to push up with the hands.
If you are new to this pose it will probably take some time until you will be able to lift your body up, but keep in mind that it is more important to work slowly and efficiently, using your shoulders and not your hand, eventually you will be able to see great results.
May yoga poses can be done in less than 10 minutes and will give you great results. This is one of them. It is recommended to stay in this pose for about 30 seconds and repeat it as many times you wish.
The Cobra Pose Tips
- Begin with laying on your belly with your forehead touching your yoga mat.
- Press the tops of your feet into the ground, with your feet a few inches apart.
- Place your hands under your shoulders.
- Press your shoulder blades together.
- Inhale and slowly and gently lift your chest and head up from the ground.
- IF you are able to, try and grow even taller and straighten your arms (without pushing the ground with your palms, use only your shoulders and spine to stretch).
- SMILE and BREATHE🙂
- Hold this pose for about 30 seconds and release again to the starting position, laying on your belly with your forehead touching the ground.
Check this great explanation by Adriene
- Don’t force yourself into this pose, if it is too difficult or you can’t lift your head as high as you would like to, it is completely fine to stay low and do the best you can. Don’t push yourself to the limits and listen to your body.
- Try not to press up with your palms, but use your shoulder and back to feel the great stretch in your spine.
- It is important to breathe slowly and comfortably during this pose. If you feel that you can’t breathe easily then try to lower your back and stay in a low baby cobra.
- Try keeping your gaze to the ground and not upwards and see if this feels better.
My Cobra Pose Experience
I love to do this pose mainly because I can see the progress I am making with every time I practice it. At the beginning, I found it very difficult to lift my head very high so I kept my gaze to the ground and concentrated on my breath and tried not to use my hand to lift myself up.
I do believe that this is a good yoga pose and it is very beneficial to everyone who wants to create flexibility in the spine and to those who are looking to ease back pain and reduce stress.
Have You Ever Tried The Cobra Pose Before?
I would love to know if you ever tried this pose before and how did it feel? Were you able to breathe easily and comfortable during this pose? If you haven’t tried this pose, would you consider trying it? Let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to reply.