Cobra Pose

Published March 1, 2013

This classic yoga pose, called bhujangasana in Sanskrit, not only tones the entire body but it also works internally to open the heart and strengthen the heart chakra.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Lie down on your stomach and stretch your legs all the way back, making sure that the tops of your feet are on the flat against the floor.

2. Place your hands on the floor, underneath your shoulders, and tuck your elbows back into your body.

3. Pressing the tops of your thighs and feet into the floor, inhale and begin to straighten the arms to life your chest off of the floor.

4. Press your tailbone toward your pubis and lift your pubis toward your navel.

5. Make sure that your shoulder blades are pressed back and down (away from your ears) so your entire chest is open.

6. Lift your chin and shift your gaze up.

7. Hold the post for 15 to 30 seconds, breathing easily as you continue to make slight adjustment to your posture until you feel a connection from head to toe.

8. Gently release back to the floor on an exhale.