‘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.

Technique :

  • 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.

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