Cobra pose is the first in our spine-strengthening series of postures. This pose gets you to use all the muscles along your spine, as well as plenty of strength from your lower body, to lift your upper body off the floor. The focus of all that effort – and the major recipient of the benefits – is your lucky lower back.
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:
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!
Bikram Yoga St. Johns' studio owner, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay D.