Cobra promotes strength, space, and flexibility in the lumbar spine, all of which help to relieve and prevent that chronic back pain that is so common these days- so you don't have to be a statistic! Cobra also strengthens your quadratus lumborum, psoas, piriformis, hip adductors, and gluteal muscles. On a deeper level, it improves kidney, liver and spleen function. The more precision, intensity, and frequency you invest in your Cobra, the more benefits you will feel!
Top tips for getting the most out of Cobra:
- Use your lower body strength. Keep your legs and inner thighs in a nice and tight contraction, with hips and glutes tight, heels touching and tops of feet firmly on the floor. In other words, try to make your 2 legs into 1 leg, like a cobra tail!
- Get your elbows to a 90-degree angle. No worries if you need to use your hands a bit to get yourself up, that's what they're on the floor for! Coming up high enough creates the compression in your spine that will lead to plenty of therapeutic goody for you to take home.
One of the best ways to learn more about the postures is to read Bikram's "Beginning Yoga Class" book. Attend class 3 to 5 times weekly to put your learning into action and make your body smile!