Mmmm… Cobra Pose… a delicious backbend, this version requires no work at all (for the receiver). For the giver, the work is finding the balance point, riding it, leaning into it and being present.
How to do Cobra Pose:
- Have your partner lie on their belly.
- Part their legs enough that you can stand between them.
- Place your knees exactly at the spot where their thighs and buttocks meet.
- Keep your toes tucked under.
- Ask your partner to reach back and hold your wrists as you hold theirs.
- This is the ONLY work your partner is to do.
- Stand up on your knees, untuck your toes and begin to lean back as you bring your bottom toward your heels.
- When you are ready to release, warn your partner first, then gently lay them back down.
Benefits: Stretches the belly. Releases the fascia on the front of the lumbar spine. Stretches arms and shoulders.
Cautions: This is not appropriate for people with spinal issues such as osteoporosis or compromised discs. Be cautious with injured or unstable shoulders.
- Prep for this pose with gentler backbends.
- Counterposes: Palming Sen on the Back or gentle forward bends.
We often over-work in Cobra Pose. Try this Thai pose with a friend and you will notice a much greater range of motion that we often have on our own. This is because the muscular effort can get in our way. When you next try Cobra Pose on your own, see if you can remember the sensation of your partner doing the work for you and bring this into your pose. It will be easier and you will go farther.
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