Asanas are the important components of the curriculum of Yoga Training Course. These are effective to achieve the health of the mind and body. They develop the feeling of lightness and well being. Bhujangasana or cobra pose is one of the Traditional Asanas referred in various Classical texts of Hatha Yoga. The regular practice of this asana in combination with other poses is good to bring following wonderful health benefits to the practitioners.
1) Enhances the Lung Capacity:
The massage to the intercostals muscles during the expansion of the chest enhances the lung capacity. This is useful in the prevention of respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma, breathlessness conditions. The intra abdominal pressure built in the pose brings the massaging effect to the diaphragm muscle which plays an important role in the filling up the lobes of the lungs in the process of inspiration.
2) Great for the Heart:
The heart is greatly benefited by the Bhujangasana as it improves the vitality of the framework of the thoracic cavity. The strength of the heart muscles improves the health of the cardiovascular system. In addition to the role of healthy liver, it contributes to the regulation of the lipid profile.
3) Improves Healthy Digestion:
Bhujangasana plays a prominent role for the health of the abdominal organs. The final static pose vigorously massages the important digestive organs such as the liver, spleen and intestines. This is collectively helpful to improve the healthy digestion and absorption and assimilation of the nutrients to the body. The strength of the core muscles is a key factor for the healthy digestive process.
4) Stimulates Peristalsis:
The large intestine receives the effect of the rhythmic contraction and relaxation in the final position of the cobra pose. This is very good to stimulate the peristaltic activity. The common digestive disorders such as constipation, flatulence and indigestion are relieved through the strong peristaltic movements of the large intestine. This will be a great support to keep healthy working conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. The impurities are effectively eliminated by the body through the same.
5) Brings Good Reproductive Health :
The reproductive systems of both male and female are encouraged to work in a healthy way through this pose. Particularly, the female reproductive organs such as ovaries and uterus receive the rich blood supply owing to the massaging effect. This is helpful to relieve the disorders associated with menstrual cycle.
6) Increases the Flexibility and Strength of Spinal Column:
There is a good impact on the vertebrae, nerves and muscles of the spinal column. The blood stagnation will be relieved, the strength and flexibility are improved. This pose is good for the spinal health. It is an antidote for the problems like backaches and neck ache.
7) Corrects the Postural Defects:
The posture is efficient to correct the minor deformities in different regions of the spinal column due to various defective postural habits like the hunching back or drooping shoulders. The alignment brings the good traction to improve the postural health which results for good breathing and composure in the posture.
8) Regulates the Hormonal Secretions:
Regulation of few of the hormonal functions is one of the great psychosomatic effects of Bhujangasana. The neck extension prominently massages the location of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. The health of these two glands is important from the point view of the ideal body weight as they are known to regulate the body metabolism. Similarly, the adrenal glands are encouraged to work properly.
9) Restores Metabolism:
The stimulation of the nerves of both Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system is great contribution to promote the healthy metabolism. The impact on the spinal nerves plays a significant role to enhance the better communication from the brain to the lower extremities.
10) Purifies the Blood :
Kidneys play an important role in the blood purification. The compression of the kidneys in the pose is distinct effect to improve the efficacy of the kidneys. Normally, these organs are inaccessible for such mechanisms in the routine activities. The overall role of this pose on kidneys, lungs and liver contributes to the removal of metabolic wastes and improves the blood purification through improved circulation.
Limitations: This posture should not be practiced by the people suffering from chronic abdominal disorders such as peptic ulcers, hernia and appendicitis. It is also not practiced by the pregnant women.