Definition - What does Bhujanga mean?
Bhujanga is a Sanskrit word that means “snake,” “serpent” or “cobra.” Hindu mythology is filled with stories about the symbolism and worship of snakes. Lord Shiva is typically depicted with a bhujanga around his neck as an ornament, and sometimes, one around his upper arms. Bhujanga also refers to the Hindu snake god (Bhujanga Nag), who is worshiped at temples erected in his name in the city of Bhuj, located in western India, which is noted as the home of snakes.
Symbolically, bhujanga represents kundalini or shakti, the primal feminine energy that rests at the base of the spine. When awakened, it is a powerful force that travels up the spine.
Yogapedia explains Bhujanga
In yoga, bhujangasana is the Sanskrit name for cobra pose. It is a strong back-arching posture that is a fundamental pose in the many different styles of yoga and a key component of the sun salutation sequence. From a lying position on the stomach, the yogi pushes up with straight arms, arching the back and neck until the gaze is toward the sky. The abdomen, legs and top of the feet remain in contact with the ground.
Bhujangasana reduces stress and fatigue while lengthening the spine and opening the heart center.
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