Monday, 12 March 2012

Cobra pose - Bhujangasana

It’s a short posture, right at the start of the spine-strengthening series, but it’s a blockbuster: aimed at the often-troublesome lower back. Strengthening those muscles helps not only with back pain, but reinvigorating the nervous system and the organs of the lower body.
Cobra pose triggers the lower back, helping with various spinal conditions. Cobra creates an intense massage of the abdomen which helps digestive function and prevents and helps to cure digestive ailments. The pelvic floor is activated in this posture helping with menstrual problems, fertility and the function of reproductive organs.

Strengthens

  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Erector Spinae
  • Trapezius
  • Gluteal muscles
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Deltoids
  • Biceps

Stretches

  • Hip joints
  • Shoulders
  • Heart and lungs

Stimulates

  • Spinous process
  • Kidneys and renal system
  • Digestive organs
  • Reproductive organs

Benefits

  • Relieves back pain
  • Increases spinal strength and flexibility
  • Improves the function of the large and small intestines, liver, kidney and spleen
  • Improves pigeon chest by opening the rib cage
  • Permits maximum expansion of the lungs increasing oxygen intake, therapeutic for asthma
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Improves function of reproductive organs
  • Helps relieve lumbago, rheumatism and arthritis of the spine
  • Reduces symptoms of gout, herniated disc, sciatica, tennis elbow
  • Helps relieve menstrual problems
  • Strengthens the immune system and revitalizes the thyroid
  • Soothes sciatica
  • Looking up tones the optic nerve, improving vision
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure through compression of the kidneys and renal system



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