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Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

A look at how to do Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) in the Iyengar method.

About the pose Bhujangasana

Known as one of the “baby backbends” Bhujangasana begins the work of lengthening the spine and working to bring an even curve into the thoracic and lumbar areas. With legs stabilised on the floor, time can be spent on working into each of the different actions required, then understood in the more advanced backbends. As such it is a useful preparation for a longer backbend session.

When to use Bhujangasana?

As with all the backbends, Bhujangasana is beneficial to the spine, bringing flexibility and space between the vertebrae. This pose, with arms bent can assist those with lower back pain and can work to bring length to the lumbar spine. The enhanced opening of the chest brings energy and a sense of optimism. Backbends in general are often used to combat depression and bring a sense of courage.