Salamba bhujangasana is a gentle backbend, suitable for most beginners. It is a modification of bhujangasana, or cobra pose, and can be a good alternative for people who have lower back trouble. This pose invigorates the body, soothes the nervous system and is therapeutic for fatigue. It is a preparatory pose for deeper backbends.
In a spiritual practice, salamba bhujangasana is also a gentle heart opener. It stimulates the anahata, or heart chakra, located at the heart center. In yoga, it is believed that opening this chakra helps to increase Self-love, alleviate depression and support a more positive outlook on life.
Salamba bhujangasana should not be practiced on the floor by those who are pregnant or have very stiff spines or shoulders. Instead, it can be practiced against a wall while standing.