Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana is a beginning backbend pose in yoga that helps to prepare the body for deeper backbends. It is an alternative pose of Upward-Facing Dog.
Cobra Pose is best known to increase the flexibility of the spine. It stretches the chest while strengthening the spine and shoulders. It also helps to open the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma. This pose also stimulates the abdominal organs, improving digestion. It also firms and tones the shoulders, abdomen and helps to ease the pain of sciatica.
Avoid this pose if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, or a recent back or wrist injury.
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