Sphinx Pose opens the chest, psoas, and abdomen and releases the tension in the lower back. This can be a modified version of a Cobra Pose that I demonstrated earlier this year. The Sphinx Pose pose helps to improve the health of your skin and immune system. Psychologically, this stretch can help you handle stress, and help you sleep.
There are several ways to enter into this pose. I am starting in Plank pose. Inhale as the spine become long and exhale to lower your core to the mat. As the elbows are bending, place them and the forearms on the mat. The elbows will be stacked under the shoulders. On the next inhale, slightly lift with the shoulders, core and bellybutton and feel the lengthening of the ribcage and spine; (there will be a slight arch in the lower lumbar region). Notice the energy in the hips as it flows down the legs to the toes. Keep the hips grounded into the mat. Release any excessive tension in the glutes and thighs, but engage them into the mat. Slightly tuck the chin downward to lengthen the cervical region of the neck. As you breathe into this pose, feel your hands soften, jaw muscles relaxing and sense the tightness releasing from your body.
Always be mindful come out of this pose and slowly go into Child’s pose.
If you have any spine injuries, please consult your physician first. Again, if you feel any painful sensations, please come out of the pose slowly. Don’t forget to breathe as you move from one position to another. Always, be mindful and listen to your body when you begin any pose.
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