Padma Bhujangasana

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Padma Bhujangasana Mean?

Padma bhujangasana is a combination of two of Hatha yoga's foundation poses – padmasana and bhujangasana – that together create an intermediate level posture that offers an intense backbend and strong stretch for the hips, legs and neck. The name comes from the Sanskrit padma, meaning “lotus”; bhujanga, meaning “cobra”; and asana, which means “posture” or “pose.” In English, it is called lotus in cobra pose.

The pose begins in padmasana – seated with the legs crossed and feet atop the thighs – then rocks forward until the weight is on the knees. The hands are placed in front and the back and neck arch into bhujangasana.


Yogapedia Explains Padma Bhujangasana

In addition to its physical benefits, padma bhujangasana eases fatigue, anxiety and stress. As a backbend, this pose opens the yogi to the world, stimulating courage, building relationships and overcoming fears.

Padma bhujangasana also opens the heart center and balances the anahata (heart), svadhisthana (sacral) and vishuddha (throat) chakras. Anahata is associated with love, compassion and forgiveness, while svadhisthana is the center of creative and sexual energy. Vishuddha is the first of the three spiritual chakras. It allows for authentic expression and opens the yogi to higher communication.

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