Hey there Youthful Yogis!
There are lots of different kinds of snakes in the world...rattlers like the desert, pythons like the rain forest. But one kind of snake you don't see around too much, except in a yoga class, is the cobra!
Cobra pose is called bhujangasana (pronounced "boo-jang-gahs-anna") in Sanskrit, and it's a favorite pose of many Youthful Yogis...let's give it a try!
For cobra pose, lie on your belly and stretch your legs out long. Bring your hands to the floor below your shoulders and hug your elbows in close to your ribcage, spread your fingers wide!
As you inhale (breath in) straighten your arms slightly and press up, lifting your chest off the floor. The best part of cobra pose is making some noise...hsssss like a snake once you are in cobra pose and keep your chest lifted for a few more seconds. When you are ready to come out of the pose, lower your chest carefully back to the floor, take a rest and notice how you feel.
Cobra pose is a great stretch for the spine. It also stretches the chest and is good for your internal organs too. When you exhale with a "ssssssss" in cobra pose, it relaxes your body and feels fun in your mouth. Slither into cobra pose sometime and have fun feeling snakey!