Welcome to our #WellnessWednesday yoga primer. Yoga is a wonderful way to become attuned to your body and increase circulation and flexibility. Each week I'll offer you a pose with benefits and instruction.
Week 18: Bhujangasana / Baby Cobra
- Strengthens back muscles, as well as arm muscles. Great prep pose for more advanced backbends.
- Opens the chest and lungs.
- Foundation and general alignment:
- Legs engaged, the tops of your feet are flat on the floor and toes are pointing straight back.
- Feet are hip distance apart.
- Low belly is lifted, butt is not gripping.
- Thumbs are at base of breast, about two inches away from your body.
- Arms are lifting upper body from the ground, shoulders are in line with elbows.
- Keep a natural curve in neck.
- Extend out through the legs and up through the head.
- External rotation of the feet, knees and thighs.
- Hands are cupping, not flat on the ground.
- Heads pulls straining neck.
- Arms and legs lack engagement.
- Block between shins.
- Sphinx, forearms on the ground.