Improves spinal flexibility and core strength
Tones reproductive system, liver and kidneys
Develops breath control
How to perform striking cobra
- Begin in Extended Child’s Pose: sit back on your heels and reach your arms in front of you. Bring your hands shoulder-width apart.
- With an inhale, lift your hips, bend your elbows and slide your chest forward along the floor. Then press into your hands and reach your chest forward and up, coming into Extended Cobra.
- With an exhale, lift your hips and push yourself back into Extended Child’s Pose.
- Repeat this movement.
- Keep hands fixed to floor shoulder-width apart
- Draw shoulders away from ears
- Keep elbows bent
- Inhale, slide forward
- Exhale, push back
Modification: Rise only into Low Cobra, keeping your belly on the floor and elbows bent.
More yoga poses to discover
Striking cobra (Shashank Bhujangasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the back bends and core and forward bends and warm-ups categories. This asana targets abs and obliques and shoulders and spine and also involves biceps and middle back / lats and triceps and wrists muscles. Striking cobra stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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