Yoga Pose: Sphinx (Sālamba Bhujaṅgāsana)

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  • Sphinx

  • Sālamba Bhujaṅgāsana

  • sālamba = supported
  • bhujaṅga = serpent
  • āsana = posture
  • Category:
    Prone / Backbend
  • Difficulty:
    Beginner
  • Description:

    From a prone position with the pelvic bowl is firmly contracted interiorly towards the center line of the body while the pubis is tucked under. The legs are extended back and the tops of the feet are flat. The palms are flat and the elbows are on the mat, stacked right below the shoulders. On an inhalation, lift the sternum and extend the neck away from shoulders with the elbows, palms and pelvic bone firmly attached to the mat.

  • Benefits:

    Strengthens the spine. Stretches the chest, the lungs, the shoulders and the abdomen. Stimulates the abdominal organs. Opens the heart and the lungs.