Exercise of the Day: Cobra

Cobra Exercise Tutorial

Like yesterday’s child’s poses, the cobra exercise is a yoga pose. Cobra is part of the famous Sun Salutation sequence, but even practiced on its own it’s a very valuable postural exercise.

Lying prone, point your toes and press the top of your feet against the floor. Place your hands at chest level with your fingers pointing forward, keeping your elbows flexed and tucked in close to your sides and your neck in a neutral position. Press your pubic bone into the mat, draw your belly in, shrug your shoulders, and retract your scapulae. Lift your chest off the mat, using your hands as little as possible.

Denise demonstrating the Cobra pose.

You can either hold this position for several breaths, or repeat the exercise several times by inhaling as you rise up and exhaling as you go down. Cobra exercise will help strengthen the extensors in your upper back and your scapular depressors.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.