|The cobra pose, or Bhujangasana in Sanskrit, is a comfortable way to stretch the back and can be suprisingly energizing.|
- Lie face down with your feet together and your toes pointing behind you. (Image 1)
- Place your hands flat on the floor close to your body and beside your rib cage. (Image 2)
- As you inhale, gently push off your hands, lifting your head and chest off the ground and tilting your head back. (Image 3)
- Feel your chest moving forward as well as upward; this will help you keep from straining the lower back.
Don’t be suprised if you can’t raise your chest very far. This pose usually involves a small, subtle motion, at least at first.
To avoid injury, you should always listen to your body when doing a yoga pose and not push yourself beyond your limits. When in doubt, consult with a doctor.
If you’re serious about learning yoga, a teacher is invaluable for helping you fine-tune your position in all the poses for maximum benefit.