Salamba Bhujangasana (Sphinx Pose)

English Name(s)
Sphinx Pose
Sanskrit
षलम्ब भुजङ्गासन/ Salamba Bhujaṅgāsana
Pronunciation
sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna
Meaning
salamba:”supported,”
bhujanga:”cobra”

Salamba Bhujangasana is a beginner level yoga pose that also serves as an excellent warm-up pose. It opens up your shoulder and chest area and stretches the spine. It is also a great way to alleviate stress and stimulate your abdominal organs.

This pose or asana prepares the body for deep backbends. It is a variation of the Cobra pose that is less taxing on the body.

Physical Benefits:

The Sphinx Pose provides many benefits. It strengthens various areas of your body, such as the back, spine, chest, shoulders, abdominal muscles, neck, and arms.

It also tones your body and helps to develop strong muscles. The tightening of the glute muscles provides support to the hip, spine and pelvis. This activates numerous joints, like hips, rib cage, elbows and pelvic girdle.

Regular practice of this asana combined with slow and deep breathing improves your posture. Salamba Bhujangasana also provide relief from neck and back pains. It releases tension from the upper back.

This pose enhances your blood circulation. Also, it gives your kidneys a gentle massage and stimulates your adrenal glands.

Apart from that, the Sphinx Pose activates your nervous system and boosts the functioning of your nerves. It also expands your chest area. This provides more room for breathing and improves your lung capacity.

Energetic Benefits:

Salamba Bhujangasana rejuvenates the body and is a moderate heart opener. It activates the Heart (Anahata) Chakra. The opening of the Heart Chakra eases depression, helps the practitioner develop a positive outlook towards life, and also increases self-love.

In addition to the Anahata Chakra, the Sphinx pose also stimulates your Throat (Vishuddha) Chakra. If you can practice this asana before going to sleep or as part of your night time yoga routine, all your fatigue and tiredness will disappear. This excellent pose will also calm your mind and reduce your stress.

Contraindications:

In spite of it being a basic yoga pose that is easy to execute, a few things should still be kept in mind while practicing the Sphinx Pose.

As already mentioned, this pose provides relief from back pains. But, practitioners with spine injuries and stiff backs should avoid performing this pose. If you have neck issues and/or spondylitis, keep your neck relaxed and your chin close to the chest area while doing this asana.

Salamba Bhujangasana places considerable pressure on your abdominal area. Therefore, pregnant women should refrain from practicing it as it can end up harming the baby.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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