This asana increases the flexibility of the back and massages the abdominal organs. It gives many other similar benefits.
In particular it influences the kidneys and the adrenal glands. The kidneys purify our blood. During bhujangasana they are compressed thereby removing stagnant blood. On resumption of the starting position the kidneys are irrigated with a fresh supply of blood. A massage of these important organs is normally difficult for they are comparatively inaccessible. Bhujangasana overcomes this difficulty, improves the efficiency of the kidneys and thereby the health of the whole body. The adrenal glands, situated on top of the kidneys, also receive a good massage and so are encouraged to work more efficiently. These glands secrete various hormones which have vast repercussions on our mind and body. The secretion of adrenaline which affects our degree of tension or relaxation is regulated. This helps give our mental and physical constitution more stability. Cortisone is another major hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. This has been found to be closely associated with the occurrence of rheumatism. Bhujangasana helps to maintain and encourage the correct secretion of this hormone and has been found very useful in alleviating rheumatism.
Various ailments and general unhealthiness of the body occur through stiffness of the spine. Remember the spine is the major channel which carries all nervous impulses from the brain to the body. A stiff spine interferes with this system by impeding nerve connections. Efficient nerves require a good blood supply. If the spine is stiff then the back is not flexed sufficiently to squeeze out stagnant blood. Bhujangasana loosens up the spine, removes impure blood from the back region and tones up the nerves. The overall result is better communication between the brain and the rest of the body, leading to increased health.
This asana massages the organs of the abdomen and pelvis such as the stomach, pancreas, liver, gall bladder and sexual and eliminative organs. In particular we recommend it for treating female disorders such as leucorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea and amenor-rhoea as it notably tones the ovaries and uterus.
Those people who suffer from a slipped disc or sciatica can also benefit from this asana, but they should be careful. Many people suffer from chronic backache or neckache by sitting in one position for a prolonged period of time or by having a generally stiff and unhealthy spine. Bhujangasana acts as a useful remedy.
Bhujangasana expands the chest, which improves one's breathing habits.
SHASHANK BHUJANGASANA (STRIKING COBRA POSE)
This is an excellent asana combining both shashankasana and bhujangasana to give a smooth and pleasant movement. In this way it combines the benefits of a backward bending asana (bhujangasana) with a forward bending asana (shashankasana)1.
This does not mean that shashank bhujang-asana can replace the other two asanas, for specific benefits are gained from their final static position; shashank bhujangasana is more useful for limbering up the spine by its dynamic action than anything else.
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