Day 5 Pose: LOW COBRA

Day 5 Pose of 10-day Warrior Heart Collective online: LOW COBRA

How many times have you taken a Vinyasa Flow class (i.e. a non Forrest Yoga influenced flow, that is) and done a ton of sun salutations without hearing any cueing for cobra? So many shoulder joints are unhappy and straining in most cases.

What I find helpful to cue new students into Low Cobra is a tip I picked up from @ericamather - start on belly in sphinx pose with forearms on floor (like in dolphin pose), elbows under shoulders. Press down through hands, reach back with legs & lift elbows and heart up off of floor. Having hands forward of shoulders is less strain on wrists while simultaneously tractioning them as long as shoulder blades continue to wrap towards armpits.

 Click this image for a video demo of Low Cobra

Click this image for a video demo of Low Cobra