At the computer, do you sit up tall with your shoulders back and down? Or do your shoulders tend to round forward? Chances are, it’s the latter.
Over time, your chest and shoulder muscles can become short and tight.
Enter Cobra pose. This gentle backbend stretches–and also strengthens–your arms, back and backside.
- Lie with your chin resting on top of your mat.
- Place your hands under your shoulders with fingers spread wide.
- Press your hands into the mat and draw your shoulders back toward your heels, tucking your tailbone.
- Press the tops of your feet into the mat and lift your chest, keeping your neck long.
Tip: Though this pose requires getting down on the floor, you don’t need a mat to do it. Try Cobra on the floor of your living room during a commercial break from TV.
About the Author:
Giesel was born and raised in Dangriga Town in Belize, Central America and is now a Houston, Texas based yoga instructor with a passion for holistic health and nutrition, and self-acceptance.
On her journey to share her passions through yoga, Giesel incorporates her Garifuna and Creole culture, yoga philosophy, and awareness to attain self-love.
Giesel specializes in Vinyasa Krama Yoga, which is a flowing sequence of asanas linked by breath and intention.
She is a registered member of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers.
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