I am so in love with this pose and the AMAZING stretch it gives me across the front of the torso. It’s a wonderful transition pose so it fits nicely into yoga flows and it strengthens the upper body and back, as well as helps improve posture. I get excited just thinking about it and I’m positive after I finish writing this pose that I’m going to step on my mat and spend some time in Cobra.
Begin by lying face down on your yoga mat.
Place your hands underneath your shoulders with the palms facing down.
Spread the fingers, draw your shoulders back and hug your elbows in close to your body.
Push into the hands and engage the muscles in the back to lift your chest off of the mat.
Lift and open the chest and draw the shoulder blades back towards each other, relaxing the shoulders away from the ears.
Keep your hips and knees on the mat and feel free to put a slight bend in the arms.
Hold for 30 seconds to one minute.
Stretches the muscles in the shoulders, chest, and abdominals
Strengthens and tones the shoulders and arms
Alleviates pain in the low back
Tones the glutes
Relieves stress and fatigue
Strengthens the spine and muscles in the back
Improves digestion and stimulates the abdominal organs