Backbends form an important part of yoga practice, and offer tons of benefits. They are refreshing, energising, and strength-boosting. One of the most popular and easy backbends taught in yoga classes across the globe is Bhujangasana, also known as Cobra Pose. Bhujangasana resembles a king cobra with its hood raised up, hence the name. It can be performed as a stand-alone yoga pose, or as part of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Here’s everything you need to know about it!
1. Gives You A Good Stretch.
The most obvious benefit of the Bhujangasana yoga pose is that you experience a real good stretch while doing it – not just in your back, but also your chest, abdomen, shoulders, and arms. Doing it in the morning is the best way to start your day.
2. It Aids Smooth Digestion.
Those with digestive ailments are often advised to practise this pose. It improves blood circulation in the abdomen, gives the organs a gentle massage, and stimulates the digestive system. Just make sure that you never do this pose on a full stomach, since this can be quite harmful.
3. It Tones The Abdomen.
This yoga asana can flatten your belly, since it exercises the muscles in this area, and also supports the burning of fat. In addition to practising this pose, you could also try these Ayurvedic remedies for belly fat.
4. It Improves Your Mood.
One of the reasons I adore this asana is that it makes me feel so good! Bhujangasana lowers stress levels, increases confidence, boosts positivity, and refreshes the mind. With practice, you will experience these effects instantly.
5. It Makes You More Flexibile.
If you experience stiffness in your neck, shoulders or back, this is a great pose for you. It releases stiffness as well as stress and pain from these regions, and boosts flexibility.
6. It Boosts Blood Circulation.
When you feel fatigued or low, practise this asana. It can re-energise your body as well as mind, since it increases the flow of blood throughout the body. For mental fatigue, it’s great to combine this pose with Downward Dog.
Avoid this pose if:
- You have cervical spondylitis
- You are pregnant
- Your back is injured
- You suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome
- You have asthma
(For demonstration purposes only. Please learn and practice under the supervision of a yoga professional to avoid injury.)
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