Sphinx Pose – Salamba Bhujangasana

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Sphinx Pose, or Salamba Bhujangasana, offers a multitude of benefits across your mental, physical, and emotional spaces. Physically, it strengthens the spine, opens the chest, and stretches the shoulders, abdomen, and thighs, promoting better posture and alleviating backaches. It a wonderful energy booster and it prepares our bodies for deeper back bends and binds. 

Coming into the Pose

You can make your way into Sphinx Pose by starting on your belly and pushing yourself up into it. You could also start in a High Plank pose, lowering into a forarem plank with elbows stacked under the shoulders then slowly releasing your knees, thighs and finally hips. As you do this, pull your heart through your shoulders and you’ll find yourself settled into your Sphinx Pose. 

Whichever way you choose to get there, find the first few moments to feel your alignment and set yourself up for success. Allow your elbows to stack directly under or slightly in front of your shoulders. Press into the tops of your feet to engage your quadriceps and allow your knee caps to lift. 

Other Benefits…

Mentally, Sphinx Pose stimulates the sacral and solar plexus chakras, fostering a sense of confidence and self-assurance while calming the mind and reducing stress. Emotionally, it encourages vulnerability and self-acceptance, helping practitioners release pent-up emotions and connect with their inner selves.
Explore different variations of your Sphinx Pose. You can modify with blankets or blocks, using them under your hips, belly or chest to provide more support, allowing you to lessen the intensity of the backbend. Take the pose one step further by straightening your arms and finding more lift in Seal Pose, an asana meant to deepend your bend bend.  

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