The cobra stretch is a relatively simple one that many of us can benefit from tremendously. This stretch alleviates tension from the shoulders, chest, neck and most notably- the abdominals. One of the best ways to stretch your obliques, upper and lower abs is via this pose.
The cobra stretch is especially beneficial for those who sit hunched over a desk all day. It actually happens to be the exact OPPOSITE of the normal seated position many of us are stuck with for most of the day… joint for joint. This stretch is also very effective at strengthening the spine.
Holding the cobra stretch strengthens biceps, triceps and delts. Simultaneously, the main goal of this stretch is to be relieving tension- so be sure to bend your elbows so you’re not overly exerting yourself. As the case with most backbends, be very mindful of any pain or discomfort and adjust yourself accordingly.
Cobra Stretch Instructions
Lie facedown, legs extended behind you with toes pointed. Position palms on the floor slightly above shoulders and rest elbows on floor.
Push palms down into the floor, and slowly lift through the top of your chest as you straighten out your arms. Keep thighs and glutes activated to help push your body. Press tops of feet down into the floor as well.
Elongate your neck and gaze forward. Make sure shoulders are relaxed without tipping your head back. Make sure pelvis remains on floor.
Be mindful of your lower back and release tension if you feel any type of pain or discomfort.
Hold for five breaths and relax upper body back to laying position.
Cobra Stretch is Best For:
Mornings, Post-Workout, After Intense Abdominal Workout, Those with Sedentary Jobs