Open your Heart with Cobra Pose

For Yoga Pose May, Tina and Kate assigned me Cobra, a pose I admit that I struggle with but one that is also incredibly helpful. Like most yoga poses, there is more than meets the eye with Cobra. According to the Yoga Journal, some of the benefits of Cobra does the following for your stressed out body:

  • Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Firms the buttocks
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve stress and fatigue
  • Opens the heart and lungs
  • Soothes sciatica Here is my version of Cobra:

     

     Cobra Yoga Pose

    I will admit, I felt really awkward being photographed doing yoga! Here I am on the deck, an ideal place for yoga. I love yoga on my back deck in the morning because it is the time for the best sun, but it is not too hot, and what better way to start the day than to get a good focused stretch in?

    As someone who spends about 9 hours a day at my desk job and several additional hours working on blogging related things, I need to focus more on Cobra and the good it could do for my body, especially my back!

    My all time favorite yoga pose (besides Child’s Pose and Savasana) is Downward Dog. Downward Dog is the runner’s best friend forever. It is a place of active rest for me, and it is inevitably where I find myself at the end of every run and sometimes in my office with the door closed :)

    What is your favorite yoga pose?

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    1. Raija’s avatar

      Great reminder of the benefits of yoga and how great it makes you feel. I look forward to adding it back into my life soon.

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    2. Enrico’s avatar

      Its hard to fit exercise in your busy schedule, but its hard to ignore the enormous benefits it brings to your life. Thank you for this.

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    3. Nicole’s avatar

      I love downward dog for the same reason you do. I love how it stretches the backs of my legs. Great post :)

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    4. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

      Savasana is my favourite pose of all time but also the most challenging. I find it hard to stay still and just “be”.

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    5. Cooking with Coley’s avatar

      I actually love the cobra pose. After a long workout (especially a total body conditioning class), it feels so good on my lower back!

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    6. Kelly’s avatar

      So is cobra similar to upward dog but in upward dog you lift your thighs off the ground? I’ve never understood the difference between those two poses. I feel like some poses in yoga have like 6 names, way to confuse me!

      Anyway, I like downward dog too, but my favorite yoga pose is definitely pigeon.

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    7. kate’s avatar

      I love cobra! You get such a great stretch!
      Kelly- Thats exactly the difference between cobra + upward dog. Upward dog your legs are lifted so you are using more arm strength. :)

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    8. Constance C’s avatar

      I love the cobra pose! I also love that whole series when I have a cobra tail ;)

      Reply

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