Cobra Pose

bhujanga = serpent

(bhuja also = arm or shoulder + anga = limb)


Although the standard instruction is to inhale while entering into a back bend, it can be very helpful to enter into this basic back bend on an exhalation. For many people who are locked into a belly breathing pattern, their inhalation actually restricts thoracic extension and rib cage expansion (this is because a belly breath is accomplished by restricting rib movement while the diaphragm contracts).

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