Ardha Bhujangasana

Definition - What does Ardha Bhujangasana mean?

Ardha bhujangasana is a beginner backbend that puts less strain on the back than bhujangasana, which is one of the most common poses practiced across many styles of yoga and is part of the Sun Salutation vinyasa. The name comes from the Sanskrit, ardha, meaning “half”; bhujanga, meaning “cobra,” “snake” or “serpent”; and asana, which means “pose” or “posture.”

From a prone position, the palms and elbows rest on the mat under the shoulders. Pressing into the hands, the head and chest are lifted off the mat.

In English, ardha bhujangasana is called half cobra pose.

Ardha Bhujangasana

Yogapedia explains Ardha Bhujangasana

In addition to lengthening the spine and opening the shoulders and chest, ardha bhujangasana has these mental and emotional benefits:

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves focus
  • Eases anxiety and depression
  • Releases stored emotions

Ardha bhujangasana is also believed to activate the anahata (heart) chakra, which is associated with love, forgiveness, compassion and self-acceptance. This chakra also serves as a bridge between the lower chakras and the three higher chakras, which are the spiritual chakras and provide a connection to the higher Self.

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