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BHUJANGASANA:


DEFINITION:  “Bhujanga” means “snake” in Sanskrit.  As this asana shape resembles the head of a snake
in raised position, it is termed so.  Best exercise to stimulate oneself for spiritual practices.  Generally, this asana
reduces the friction between the vertebrae bones present in the back region.
 

TECHNIQUE: 
1.  Lie in prone position on a ground.
2.  Place your hands by the side of your shoulders.
3. 
Both heels should be joined.
4.  Place your head down on the ground.  
1.  Slowly raise your body by pressing with both hands on the side.
2.  Simultaneously inhale air while raising the body up.
3.  Seldom raise the stomach too much.
4.  Face should be relaxed while practicing.
5. 
Gaze upwards when you are in raised position.
6.  Be in this final position for 15 to 30 seconds.
7.  To revert to original state, exhale air and lie down.
8.  Do it for 3 rounds.

DURATION: 
From 15 to 30 seconds.

BENEFITS:

1.  
Strengthens the muscles and tissues surrounding the eyes due to gazing upwards.
2.  
Strengthens the neck muscles and nerves.
3.  
The vertebral column of the body is fully strengthened and reduces stiffness.
4.  
Reduces obesity.
5.  
Stimulates and activates the digestive system.
6.   Since the asana presses the stomach muscles, they are trimmed and toned and good blood supply is maintained.
7.   The nerves that emanate from the backbone to go to different organs are refreshed and activated.
8.  
Gives broad chest with good pulmonary function.
9.  
Increases the appetite.
10.
Prevents constipation.
11.
Eliminates the redundant waste materials present in vertebrae and stimulates immunologic function.
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