A Deeper Look Into Cobra Pose
In order for one to control their mind and body, they must fuse these two parts of the being together to make effective changes. There is a state of being called the disembodied state in which the mind is separated from the body, and this unnatural state can manifest itself in a number of negative ways. When the mind races or the body becomes ill, this state is apparent. Before negative things occur within a being, the body makes many deliberate attempts to be repaired. Aches and pains are warning us that something is not quite right internally. If you put your hand on a hot stove, would it not be painful so you know to remove it? The same idea is applied toward any negative feelings in the body. In yoga, one goes beyond physicality to reach a higher source of power, the inner being.
When the mind is conscious of all activity, it can sense the body’s unique communication methods. Yoga is a tool that allows people to tune into their inner selves. The actual places of the body from the bones to the organs can be reached by this very unique practice. Instruction allows people to make sense of this journey. An aware mind is the key to this process, but with this newly heightened sense, existing pain will become apparent. An aching lower back, or tender neck may stand out in a clear mind and relaxed body. For this reason, Bhujangasana, or the Cobra Pose is an essential asana to yoga, and the sole movement that will be further discussed. The Cobra Pose strengthens the back and tones the buttocks and legs. Circulation will become a more pronounced function, as will the kidneys. Bhujangasana and other back bending poses allow the heart to expand toward the ribs and emotions can exit this part and move throughout the body, creating overall bliss.
To begin the Cobra Pose, lay on the floor belly-side down, head touching the ground and the hands palm-side down underneath the corresponding shoulder (right hand under the right shoulder, same with the left). Simultaneously inhale and lift the upper body off the floor, from the head to the waist and lower back. The pubic bone stays in contact with the ground. It is important to know that the use of the hands should not help push the body off the ground. The spine, with help from the abdomen, should be doing most of the work. The spine should be fully extended, and the chest as widely open as possible. The back should never feel strained, and it may take time to perfect this asana. To find a comfortable point within the Cobra Pose, remove both hands from the ground so the spinal extension is the only movement lifting your upper half off the ground. Continue breathing deeply with every movement and every second that is spent in this pose. To come out of Cobra Pose, place your hands on your shoulders, keeping elbows close to the body, breathe deeply and exhale to lower the upper body. Perform the Cobra Pose several times and grow comfortable with the movements associated with it. This pose allows the body to feel the effects throughout. It is recommended that one remains in the Cobra Pose for 5 to 10 seconds or breaths so the back becomes stronger immediately.
Over time, your yoga instructor and your body will help you to perform the full Cobra. It is common to become fascinated with your distance from the ground before your body is ready to stretch this far which can result in lower back injury. Pay attention to the signals your body gives you: if something is painful, ease down from the pose, or learn the limit you have been given. Your thoughts should be focused on elongating the spine. When coming down from Cobra Pose, remain flat on your belly, parallel to the ground and relax. The positive effects brought about by Bhujangasana will refresh the body and bring you joy, the way all yogasanas are intended to.