Summer Shape Up Challenge: Cobra Pose
Demonstrated Taylor Nelms
Cobra Pose – Lie on your belly with your toes and forehead resting on the floor. Legs together, place your hands under your shoulders. Keep your pelvis on the floor and inhale while steadily lifting your abdomen, chest, neck and head. Pull your chest and shoulders up and back with the help of your hands. If your shoulders are relaxed, try to straighten your arms by slightly bending your back. Hold for 5 breathes. Benefits: Strengthens the arms and shoulders as well firms and tones the abdomen. Tips: Don’t overdue the bend in your back, you’ll put unnecessary stress on the spine. If you need to find a good height, take your hands off the floor for a moment and see how far your back can extend on its own.