King Cobra Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does King Cobra Pose Mean?

King cobra pose is an advanced version of cobra pose that provides a deep backbend and strong stretch across the of front body.

From a prone position, the upper body is raised into cobra as the neck arches back and the chest opens. Then, with the thighs remaining connected to the earth, the lower legs lift toward the crown of the head to complete king cobra.

King cobra pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, raja bhujangasana.

King Cobra Pose


Yogapedia Explains King Cobra Pose

In addition to providing a strong backbend, king cobra pose offers a deep stretch of the quadriceps, the chest, shoulders and throat. It also has these benefits in common with cobra pose:

  • Reduces stress, anxiety and mild depression
  • Tones and firms the gluteus muscles
  • Oxygenates the blood and improves circulation
  • Stimulates the internal abdominal organs and improves digestion
  • Improves lung function
  • Stretches and strengthens the spine
  • Improves symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma
  • Eases menstrual discomfort
  • Opens the heart and throat chakras

Yogis who suffer from back, neck or wrist injuries should avoid king cobra pose. Pregnant yoginis past the first trimester should also skip this pose. Those with limited flexibility can work up to king cobra by using a wall to support the lower legs.

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