Yoga Day Countdown: Day #6

Asana #5: Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

After the Tadasana (Mountain pose), Katichakrasana (Standing Spinal Twist), Trikonasana (Triangle pose) and Ashvasthasana, this is the fifth asana in our selected progression.

Ever wondered why Shiva has a cobra around his neck? It is because the cobra has a very high level of perception and represents stillness. Practising lying like a serpent in Bhujangasana, our stillness and perception heightens.

Bhujangasana
Bhujangasana

How it’s done

Lie down on your stomach and keep both hands under the shoulders. Slowly inhale and raise the body upto the waist in such a manner that the body takes the shape of a snake. The stomach should be raised until the point of the navel.

The video below provides a good demonstration:

Interesting asana facts

  • Makes the spinal cord flexible and alleviates backache
  • Improves and deepens breathing
  • Tones the ovaries and uterus, and helps in menstrual and gynaecological disorders
  • Simulates appetite
  • Alleviates constipation
  • Beneficial for all abdominal organs, especially the liver and kidneys

Read also: Yoga Day Countdown Day #7: Ashvasthasana

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Ambika Gupta

Ambika is a Hatha Yoga teacher and an aspiring Health Coach. Her desire is to help people rediscover their health through right eating and living consciously. Ambika is also an MBA and engineering graduate and previously worked in the field of consulting with multinational IT companies.


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