‘Bhujanga’ means a serpent. In the pose of Bhujangasana, one imitates a cobra reared up on its caudal support and the hood fully expanded. So this asana is called Bhujangasana.
- Lie on the floor with the face downwards.
- Relax all the muscles of the body.
- Place the palms on the ground underneath the shoulders.
- Slowly raise the head and the trunk like the hood of a serpent.
- Bend the spine backwards. Stretch the feet backwards so that the toes touch the ground.
- This will stretch well the muscles of the back and the shoulders.
- There will be strain on the abdomen.
- Hold the breath and hold this position for six to eight seconds.
- Then exhale and bring the head to its original position.
- When you first lie on the ground,keep the chin touching the chest.
- Hold the breath till the head remains in the raised position.
- Then exhale slowly. Practice this asana five to six times.
Advantages of Bhujangasana:
- This asana removes spinal pain and cures other spinal disorders.
- This asana exerts pressure on the internal organs of the abdomen. It pushes waste matter to the anus and thus cures constipation and increases the heat in the body.
- It strengthens the ovary and the uterus. It removes the disorders related to menstruation. This asana stimulates blood circulation in the uterus with the result that delivery becomes natural and easy.
- It exercises the spine properly, activates the abdominal organs and removes abdominal pain.
- It develops the chest, the neck, and other parts of the head. It makes the body shapely.