Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

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Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) (boo-jang-GAHS-anna): Probably one of my favorite poses in my yoga sequence. It’s one of the best poses to straighten out and stretch your back. Your back is such a sensitive part of your body. If you hurt it, you’ll notice just how much you use it constantly. Oh, the pain you’ll be in when you’re doing just the most basic everyday things. It’s very important to keep your back strengthened because it plays a huge role in your life.

Benefits:

  1. Strengthens your muscles in your shoulders, chest and core
  2. Opens your chest to help clear the passages of your heart and lungs
  3. Improves digestion
  4. Strengthens your spine

Listed above are a few of the major benefits I’ve noticed while practicing cobra pose in my sequence. It’s a very common pose in the Vinyasa Flow for beginners. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend finding a video on YouTube to start off with the basic poses. In the videos you will learn the cobra pose and I’m sure fall in love with it like I have!

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Everything Has Changed

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Everything around us changes so quickly. Even we change when sometimes we don’t realize it. We’re always evolving, becoming the person we were always meant to be. There’s a plan for each of us out there that we probably haven’t figured out yet. We all have some type of purpose — something that makes us unique and stand out among everybody else. We may have a passion for something now and be so adamant about pursuing that passion, but our minds change so very quickly that we could find a totally opposite passion and pursue that. But that’s life. We follow what and who we love because that makes us most happy in our lives. Of course, it’s tough to follow what you love when it’s expensive. Most of us can’t afford to travel often, invest in certain hobbies, and risk losing the money we’re making currently because we’re either living paycheck to paycheck or saving slowly. So we do what we can to stay afloat and to be as happy as we can. But like I said, everything and everyone is constantly changing and evolving so you don’t know what the future holds. All you can do is do your best and make the most out of your life. Find your purpose (or your passion — they usually go hand-in-hand) and pursue it. You’ll find happiness in the big and small aspects in you life.

The Basics

I think a lot of people feel that meditation is easy. FALSE. There’s just an absurd amount of information to learn —  the basics, of course, and even intermediate information. I’ll be covering more of the intermediate information in later posts. There are many different ways to meditate. The most common way is to be seated in an Indian style or in a lotus position, which is Indian style but your feet are rested on top of your thighs. Sit up straight so your spine is aligned to get the most out of your breaths, but make sure you’re in a comfortable position. Your eyes can be open or closed, depending on what you prefer. In one form of a meditation position, you can place your hands palms up on your knees. This is to give you energy through your palms. You are open to receive energy. By placing palms down, you are grounding yourself. Another aspect that is open to your preference is whether you want to meditate in silence, meditate to some type of music, or meditate to “om”. OM sample

For the beginners, try it out. Even if you can sit for five minutes that’s a great start. You’ll be able to work your way up in no time.

For the more advanced, what style of meditation do you prefer? How often do you meditate a week?

If you liked this post, I’ll be posting more like it along with a few entries from my previous posts. Please share if you’ve enjoyed this post to help others learn how to meditate and the benefits of meditating. Thanks and enjoy! 🙂

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