DAY 25. Read to the end for your challenge/question of the day
The shape of this posture resembles a snake that is ready to strike. It helps to develop strength and flexibility in the upper spine, tones the digestive, eliminative, nervous and respiratory systems, and like all backbends, stimulates the brain and is generally refreshing and invigorating. Child pose is an excellent resting position after cobra.
1. Lie face down, relax your heels and gently lift your abdominal muscles. Place your hands on the ground beneath your shoulders. On an in-breath raise your chest, head and hands from the ground using the strength of your abdomen and back.
* This posture should be full of potential energy. Visualize a cobra drawing back its head to strike.
2. On your next out-breath, place your hands firmly on the floor, draw your shoulder blades back and down and press the centre of your chest up and forward. Lengthen your neck and keep your abdominal muscles strongly lifted to support the pose. Don’t collapse your shoulders around your ears. Take a few breaths in this position.
* If you find this difficult, don’t lift too high. Alternatively, try putting a rolled-up blanket just under your hips. This will give them support and allow you to lift higher into the posture, keeping your sholders relaxed.
Day 25 challenge:
We love the cobra. It’s easy to learn and feels great on the back. We can’t forget the fact that is helps build those abdominal muscles that are so important for a strong core. Try the cobra at home and rest in child pose for a few breaths after. Be in the moment as you breathe into the posture. How does it feel for you?
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All participants’ names will be entered in our 30 days of yoga with hipS-sister draw Oct. 1st.