Yoga Challenge Day 9: Sphinx and Low Cobra

Sphinx and Low Cobra are small backbends, but the back isn't the only place to benefit. We chose this pose because it not only releases tension in the lower back, but also stretches and lengthens the spine, opens the heart and chest, and pulls the shoulders down away from the ears. Really turning the elbows in helps to activate the chest muscles - as in prior poses, we want to really open and strengthen this chest area instead of hunching and hiding it. Relaxing back down onto the mat always feels delicious as you take time to touch base with all the great work that happens in this pose, breathing that fresh, healing oxygen into all areas as they relax even further.

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Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 20, 2010 at 5:28pm
two lovely poses. These poses helped tremendously to feel strong and powerful.
Comment by Merrie on April 20, 2010 at 4:52pm
a nice cool down after a day at work. i tend to push to hard to get to high. thank you for the reminder to stay within in the comfert range and NOT push!
Comment by Ellen Budish on April 20, 2010 at 3:21pm
I really needed this. Went to dr and was stuck In traffic missing my yoga class tonight bur had a perfect report from dr!!
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 20, 2010 at 2:01pm
Channeling the pussycat and the cobra. Fierce!
Comment by Trish Martin on April 20, 2010 at 1:16pm
I like Sphinx but even baby cobra has not always been had for me. I'm going to keep on keeping on and will watch this video many times for cues and visuals.

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