Sphinx Pose

Salamba Bhujangasana

What is Sphinx Pose?

Sphinx pose, or salamba bhujangasana in Sanskrit, is a gentle backbend that strengthens the spine. From a prone position, the yogi lifts their chest and head, and rests on their forearms. The pose is used to reduce back pain and to ease into the more challenging cobra pose.


  • Lie on the belly with the forearms on the floor, palms near the head.
  • Inhale and lift the head and chest from the floor.
  • Exhale and slide the forearms forward to relieve any compression in the back.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • No known cautions

Benefits of Sphinx Pose

  • Strengthens the spine
  • Stretches the back and relieves back pain
  • Expands the lungs
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Soothes the nervous system

Sphinx Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Salamba Bhujangasana
Pronunciation: SAH-lahm-bah bhoo-jahn-GAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Backbends

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