Hello My Beautiful People! After starting yesterday off conquering inversions (upside down poses) with the 2 Legged Inverted Staff Pose, I’m sure you’re looking for a chill day- here it is. This is with gaining flexibility in mind. Today’s pose, King Cobra, is a great release and deep spinal stretch. The King Cobra pose teaches us to reach a little farther in every moment then the last. So what if your toes didn’t touch your head this time, keep going, maybe its to set you up for your next practice.
Becoming mindful about your movements frees your mind, even if it’s just for those moments. Your practice is your time to reset yourself. Give yourself your undivided attention and push farther than the last time you tried, without getting hurt of course. Remember, gaining flexibility is an journey, not a target.
Step By Step King Cobra Pose:
- Start by laying on your mat with your belly and head resting on the mat. Place your palms on the mat under your shoulders with your fingers spread wide apart.
- Engage your abdominal muscles, and take your navel in towards your spine (this protects your lower back). Press through your hands, using your back muscles and lift further toward the sky; straightening your arms.
- Exhale, now reach your head towards your feet, bending your neck backwards. Bend your knees. Next, take your toes towards your head and the front of your mat.
- Hold this pose for 4-8 breathes and then release back onto your belly and head.
A Matr3Moni Reminder:
“NO MATTER WHAT, it’s your body and your choice.”
Please be careful while practicing; If you have prior injuries be extremely mindful of every movement and how it affects your body. By now you know your body and the difference between your pain and your stretch, so again, be careful.
Along with being mindful while practicing, you also have to be mindful of what is going on in the inside of your body and mental/spiritual realms. You can work your body in such a positive way and still counter the positive vibes by not having healthy habits and/or awareness. Do not fight against yourself, find ways to incorporate wellness habits into your daily activities.start trying new activities like yoga and cross fitness that engage all of your core muscles and then some that you didn’t know you weren’t working already.