ANATOMY OF YOGA: SPHINX POSE
Sphinx pose, also called Salamba Bhujangasana, is a beginning backbend which is perfect for warming up the spine and preparing for deeper backbends. It strengthens the spine and stretches the chest, shoulders and abdomen. It also stimulates your abdominal organs and helps to relieve stress.
Here’s how to do it:
Lie on your belly, with your legs side by side lengthening the tailbone towards the heels. Keeping the legs evenly engaged, pressing the tops of the feet into the mat, set your elbows under your shoulders and your forearms parallel to each other. You should also be keeping the lower belly engaged, protecting the lower back. As you inhale, lift the upper torso and head up from the floor and into a mild backbend, broadening the chest. Keep the gaze forward as you stay here for a few breaths. On an exhale, you can slowly release the torso and head to the floor.
*Please note these instructions are very basic guides. If you are new to yoga, please find a local studio near you and take a couple of classes before attempting to practice alone. We cannot be held responsible for an injury caused by following these instructions.