International Yoga Day Special – Bhujangasana

Bhujangasana is commonly known as the Cobra Pose. This Yoga asana helps to tone the abdomen and strengthen the spine.

The name Bhujangasana reflects the posture of a cobra that has its hood raised. People who have a slipped disc problem are greatly benefited by this asana. It can be significantly useful at relieving discomfort in the muscles of the back, neck and abdomen. Just a little time spent in Bhujangasana goes a long way; especially towards reducing stress and anxiety. It is a part of the sequence of yoga postures in Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation also. Let’s check out some amazing health benefits of this yoga.

Benefits of Bhujangasana  :

  • Makes the body more flexible
  • Tones and strengthens the abdomen
  • Strengthens the shoulders and arms
  • Decreases stiffness of the lower back and ease pain
  • Strengthens chest muscles
  • Relieves menstrual irregularities
  • Boosts mind
  • Strengthens and tones the buttocks
  • Stimulates normal function of abdominal organs
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Relieves stress and fatigue
  • Improves digestion and relieves bloating
  • Strengthens the spine and nerves
  • Soothes sciatica and low back pain

How to do : Lie down on the ground facing the floor with your chest and abdomen touching the ground. The legs should be joined together properly in such fashion that the heels and knees of both legs touch each other. Now stretch the legs as much as possible to resemble the tail of a serpent.Place the palms near the chest facing the ground and slowly lift the head. The elbows should be straight and stretched completely.Now lift the upper body part including the head, neck, shoulders, chest and upper part of the abdomen in such a manner that it resembles the shape of a hooded cobra. As you lift inhale deeply. All the weight is exerted on the hands, thighs and the legs.Bend your neck as much as you can to feel the stretch in your spines. Hold your breath until you maintain this position. If you can’t hold the breath, inhale while holding on to the position. Release the pose by relaxing the abdomen first on the ground, then chest and finally the head with exhalation. This yoga position begins from cervical region of the spine and ends in the lumbar region.

Note : This article is purely for educational purpose. Before practicing learn the steps rightly with the instructions of a yoga tutor else it may lead to ligament injuries and other health problems

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