Cobra Pose – Stretching hip flexors and abdominal muscles

 

Why Stretch?
Stretching exercises encourage lengthening of your muscles and associated tendons. Short and tight muscles can lead to pressure on nerves and pain. By its effect of lengthening muscles, stretching promotes flexibility and full range of motion about your joints.

Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds 3-4 times per day

Full cobra

Full Cobra

modified cobra

 

Modified Cobra

Lay on stomach

Push body up keeping hips pressed into the floor and looking upward

If you feel pain in your back start with the modified cobra, where you do not fully extend arms.

This is a great start to loosening muscles

Stop the stretch before the point of pain

Work to increase range of motion without back pain

Each time you go into pose work to stretch a little further

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