Kids Yoga – Cobra Pose
C is for Cobra! – Have you tried croaking in a cobra pose? Must be fun!
Cobra (known in Yoga as Bhujangasana) is famous for being a part of the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). It is a great workout for strengthening those back muscles that hold us upright (also the arms and the core) while opening the heart and the chest on the other side. It can beautifully correct your and your child’s posture (how many of us hunch our backs?), so go ahead and try this with your baby:
- Lie down on your stomach and place your palms beside your shoulders.
- Join your legs together (unless you feel the pain in your lumbar spine)
- Inhale and lift your body straightening your arms slightly and look up at the ceiling
- Try to engage those abs!
- Feel the power of your back muscles!
- Hold that pose for about 5-10 breaths. Breath naturally, without any tension (it might be challenging at first, but just try to relax)
- Enjoy being a cobra, not having limbs, but being able to lift up!
The safest modification of this pose is when you perform it only by using your back muscles, not pushing yourself with the arms. Arms are always stronger, so you can easily get “higher”, but in such a case you don’t use this beautiful potential to strengthen your back (strengthening your arms instead). Once you feel strong in your back muscles you can add arms to go deeper and enjoy the heart-opening more!