Bhujangasana: Cobra Pose for uncoiling of Kundalini

By Atul Vyas

“Surya is light within” – Each human being has an inner Sun, says Indian ancient text. Sun Salutation is the path of re-discovery of this inner Sun, through which light of truth is revealed and grace of self-realization is bestowed upon.

The outer Sunlight gives us purification while inner sunlight gives us illumination. According to the yogic philosophy, self-realization takes place when the kundalini is awakened and arises out of her resting place and moves through the central canal – the sushmanna nadi, to crown chakra in the head. Kundalini, the majestic serpent is the ultimate primordial energy that cannot be seen but experienced.

Kundalini represents unrealized potential and the rise of consciousness from primordial lower nature towards the evolutionary light of the inner Sun. The majestic serpent is symbolic of seven Chakras or energy vortexes within the subtle body which corresponds to endocrine glands in the physical body.

One pose which has the capacity to raise one’s consciousness from earth’s plane to unite with eternal vibration the essence of all creation or inner Sun and that is Bhujangasana. It is the seventh pose of Sun salutation.

Bhujanga means serpent represented by mighty Cobra. This is also called “Sarpasana”.

Technique:

  • Moving from ashtangasana, slide the chest forward and while inhaling raise first head, shoulders, and chest
  • Keep hips, belly up to naval on the ground
  • Bend the head back and gaze forward. Some experts suggest pulling the gaze inwards
  • Keep the legs and feet joined and on-ground while arms support the trunk
  • Keep breathing normally while in a pose

Additional tips:        

  • Press the pubic and hip bones to provide a strong base for muscles of back and torso
  • One should only bend back from the middle and upper back, and not from the lower back

Benefits:

  • It directly impacts the powerful energy vortex called Kundalini
  • It stabilizes the sacral joint and makes the pelvis stronger
  • This pose activates adrenal glands
  • It strengthens the lower and middle back
  • It also prevents Kyphosis – excessive curvature of the thoracic spine
  • Relieves compression of the diaphragm which promotes healthy breathing pattern
  • Increases pelvic circulation
  • Lymphatic flow is also increased
  • Spine is highly mobilized
  • Helps in curing low blood pressure, dyspepsia, gastritis, and spondylitis

Caution:

It is forbidden for people suffering from ulcerative colitis, hydrocele, hepatitis, and all types of hernia, appendicitis, and vaginitis.

(The author likes to be called a “Yoga Scientist.” He is a celebrity yoga trainer and has trained several top Hollywood and Bollywood stars. He has trained for years under many eminent yoga gurus including his illustrious mother Daya Vyas, the first lady yoga guru of India.)

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