Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together the mind and body. There isn’t any doubt that yoga is best to keep your body healthy and fit. Entire world swears by the various health benefits of yoga and the recognition of June 21st as International Yoga Day is proof of that.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a huge fan of Yoga and practices it every morning. As the world is all set to celebrate 5th Yoga Day this Friday, the PM has tweeted a new animated Yoga video in which the benefits of “Bhujangasana”, or “Cobra Pose” is explained.
Bhujang in Hindi means ‘nag’ or Cobra. It is called so because, in this asana, the upper half of the body is lifted from the ground, exactly how a Cobra lifts its head. This Yoga pose is excellent to reduce stomach fat, helps relieve constipation and fight respiratory problems.
How to do it: Start with Makarasana position. To come into Makarasana, lie down on your stomach comfortably on the ground. Your feet should be wide apart with your hands folded in front of you. Rest your head on your hands and make yourself comfortable in this position.
Moving forward, join both your legs and stretch your hands in front of you. Rest your forehead on the ground and pull your hands back to your chest. Your elbows should be bent and palms should be resting on the side of your chest. Take a deep breathe and lift the upper half of your body. Your elbows should be in line with your body. Your legs should be stretched in such a way that you do not feel a lot of tension on your waist. Stay in this position and breathe in and breathe out. Hold this position for 15- 30 seconds.
Pregnant women, people suffering from hernia and ulcer should not perform this asana. If you have recently undergone a stomach operation, then avoid this pose for at least three months.
(Source: Times of India)