An energizing backbend, Cobra pose reduces stress and fatigue. It strengthens the upper back muscles, tones the shoulders & abdomen, and can help to ease pain in the low back. This pose also stimulates the abdominal organs, improving digestion. So many benefits! Give it a try...
Lie prone on the floor. Stretch your legs back, tops of the feet on the floor. Spread your hands on the floor under your elbows. Hug the elbows back into your body. Let your forehead rest gently on the earth by tucking your chin slightly. Press the tops of the feet, thighs and pubic bone firmly into the floor.
On an inhalation, begin to lift your head and chest off the floor using the strength of your back instead of your arms. Reach your tailbone toward your heels and draw your pubic bone toward the navel to keep length in the low back.
Firm your shoulder blades against your back as you reach your heart and the crown of your head forward. Keep pressing the tops of the feet into the floor. Tuck your chin slightly to keep the back of the neck long.
Hold the pose anywhere from 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily. Release back to the floor with an exhalation. Repeat 3 to 5 times and then rest.
Any questions? Don't hesitate to ask!
*Disclaimer: Always consult your health care provider and obtain clearance before practicing yoga or any other exercise program. Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor may reduce the risk of injuries. Not all yoga poses are suitable for all persons. Practicing under the direct supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor, in addition to the direction of your healthcare provider, can also help determine what poses are suitable for your particular case. The information provided in this blog is strictly for reference only and is not in any manner a substitute for medical advice or direct guidance of a qualified yoga instructor. Oly Family Chiropractic Inc. assumes no responsibility or liability for any injuries or losses that may result from practicing yoga or any other exercise program.