The other day I posted a short version of the Full Cobra Series to Instagram. Since those videos have to be cut down to 15 seconds, I thought it might be nice to post a longer version here, to show the transitions a bit more.
This is the Full Cobra Series. I practice this after the regular Cobra Series that consists of Cobra, Locust, Full Locust and Bow. The Full Cobra Series has 6 postures and one preparation pose.
1) Full Cobra 1 - This pose uses the strength of the arms to bend the back. I focus on opening my chest, throat and shoulders in this pose.
2) Full Cobra 2 - This is the same body position as Full Cobra 1 but without the aid of the arms. This posture is all about the strength of the back lifting the body.
3) Full Cobra 3 - This pose adds the bend of the legs, bringing the feet to the top of the head. A full circle of energy created by the foot-head connection.
Full Bow Preparation - I use this Preparation to open the shoulders and chest. The hand position is the same as in Full Bow, but without flipping the shoulders forward.
6) Full Bow 1 - Feet kicking straight up, stretching the chest and shoulders and bending the back deeply.
7) Full Bow 2 - Feet come to the head. A peaceful pose.
8) Full Bow 3 - Feet come to the shoulders. This challenges the length on the front side of the body, stretching from the chin through the abdomen to the toes.
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