Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose in Yoga Practice

Bhujanga means Cobra in Sanskrit. When this pose is exhibited, the raised head and trunk resemble the raised hood of a cobra. Hence this is called Bhujangasana.

In this position the pressure is felt on the arms and hands as well as the lower back. Over time this pressure can gradually be placed more on to the lower back. One should try to raise the body up with the help of the spine. Once the final position is attained the arms are straight, the chest is forward and open, the shoulders and neck are back and the heels are together. The neck is compressed and the throat is stretched. The facial muscles should be relaxed. The breathing should be normal.

Bhujangasana is a yogic exercise that helps relieve back pain and is very good for people who have lower backache. Even the cases of slip disc get helped and the yoga practitioner would probably get rid of his back problems completely if he does this regularly. This posture helps reduce stiffness in the lower back of the person and strengthens the arms and shoulders as well. It also helps relieve the stress and fatigue. It helps women in coping with menstrual irregularities, as it tones up the uterine muscles and ovaries. It provides benefits to liver and other related organs. It helps reduce acute gas troubles if this asana is done regularly. Bhujangasana helps strengthen the spine and stretch the chest, abdomen, shoulders as well as helps in firming the belly also.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Yoga Practitioner


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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9 Responses to Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose in Yoga Practice

  1. Respected Sir,

    The Bhujangasana is so excellently described that if one makes it a habit in day to day practice he gets its benefits without helps of Guru.Thanks for charitable contribution of your wisdom to present helpless society. I would like to point out here that if one spiritualist will continue to concentrate on swadhisthan chakra he or she drags more serpentine power and reefs more mileage and will become invigorated with health and wealth.

    With Regards,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  2. Thanks Dr Panda for share.Bhujangasana exercises and strengthens extensor muscles of back spine rejuvenates abdominal organs besides being complementary to many other yogasanas. Details are well described above. Caution is advised for people having diseases of spine like slip disc, old fractures and tuberculosis of spine. It should always be included in list of daily practice yogasanas.

  3. Umesh Chandra Panda says:

    Respected Brother,

    Learnt something new from the article Bhujangasana or Cobra Pose in Yoga Practice. As it is useful for both Men & Women, One should practice it regularly.

    Yours Sincerely,

  4. Sir,

    A nice article which aware us about the most common and simplest Yogasana Bhujangasana.The name comes from the Sanskrit words bhujanga meaning “snake” or “serpent” and asana meaning “posture” or “seat”. Bhujangasana may strengthen the spine, stretch the chest, shoulders and abdomen, firm the buttocks and relieve stress and fatigue. Traditional texts say that Bhujangasana increases body heat, destroys disease and awakens kundalini.

    An useful article for the people for better health.
    Kedarnath Sahu
    Science Teacher
    Sohela Dist.Bargarh,Odisha

  5. Much happy to read about Bhujangasana .Thanks to Dr Goyal for mentioning caution of this asana. Now Yoga is becoming more popular after recognition of UN assembly recently.Every year the whole world will celebrate yoga day on 21st June.

    Sorry for late response.
    With High Regards
    Prakash Padhan
    SBCC Regional coordinator

  6. Santhosh says:

    Dear Uncle,

    This is an amazing article, I would suggest some friends about this. This would be really helpful for the IT people especially who sits mostly in front of laptop all the day on a chair. This is a very good exercise.

    Thank You,
    Santhosh KV

  7. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    The main benefits of the asana are to build strength and flexibility in the back. It stretches the front part of the body. Many of us spend a large part of the day hunched over a desk and this causes muscles along the front of our body to shorten. This asana is a good way to begin opening the front of the body and increasing the flexibility of the spine. The brief description of the article will help those who practice first time.

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