Lotus in Cobra Pose or Padma Bhujangasana is a combination of two of Hatha yoga’s foundation poses – padmasana and bhujangasana – that together create an intermediate level posture that offers an intense backbend and strong stretch for the hips, legs and neck. The name comes from the Sanskrit padma, meaning “lotus”; bhujanga, meaning “cobra”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.”
Padma Bhujangasana has many benefits, including strengthening the arms, shoulders, and back muscles, improving flexibility and circulation, and reducing stress and anxiety. It can also help to stimulate the digestive system and improve overall body posture.
Benefits and Contraindications
Reducing stress and anxiety
Help to stimulate the digestive system
Strengthening the arms, shoulders, and back muscles
Improving flexibility and circulation
Improves overall body posture
Wrist, back, or neck injuries
High blood pressure
Knee or hip injuries
Inability to perform the Lotus Pose
Frequently Asked Questions
No, Padma Bhujangasana is not suitable for everyone, particularly those with knee or hip injuries, lower back pain, or wrist issues. Pregnant women and those with high blood pressure should also avoid this pose.
Yes, you can still practice the Cobra Pose without the Lotus Pose. You can also modify the pose by using a blanket, blocks, or a strap to support your knees and feet.
You can hold Padma Bhujangasana for as long as you feel comfortable, usually for a few breaths or up to a minute. Remember to breathe deeply and mindfully throughout the pose and release the pose if you experience any discomfort.
Common mistakes in Padma Bhujangasana include rounding the shoulders, lifting the chin too high, straining the neck, and forcing the Lotus Pose if it causes pain or discomfort. Remember to keep the shoulders relaxed, the gaze steady, and listen to your body throughout the pose.
- Bound Lotus in Cobra Pose
- Twisted Lotus in Cobra Pose
- Lotus in Upward-Facing Dog
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