Frog Cobra Pose
Definition - What does Frog Cobra Pose mean?
Frog cobra pose is a backbend, hip opener and chest opener that is a combination of two common asanas: frog pose and cobra pose. The posture is appropriate for beginner to intermediate yogis.
To practice frog cobra pose, begin in child's pose, then pull the feet together with the soles touching and the knees dropped to either side -- as if in butterfly pose, but inverted. Push up with the palms and straighten the arms, arching the back and gazing forward.
In Sanskrit, frog cobra pose is called bheka bhujangasana.
Yogapedia explains Frog Cobra Pose
For a less intense backbend, rest the elbows on the ground and place the hand in prayer position touching the heart center. The chin can rest on the fingertips.
The benefits of frog cobra pose include:
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Lengthens the spine
- Stretches the inner thigh, hips, groin and back
- Strengthens the abdominal muscles, arms and shoulders
- Opens the throat and chest, promoting respiration
Yogis who have a back, hip or wrist injury, have carpal tunnel syndrome or who suffer from headaches should skip frog cobra pose. Those who are pregnant should also avoid the pose.