Bhujangasana & Salabhasana (Cobra, Locust, Sphinx) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Bhujangasana (Cobra), Salabhasana (Locust), and related poses such as Niralamba Bhujangasana (Unsupported Cobra) and Salamba Bhujangasana (Supported Cobra / Sphinx)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.



“bhujanga” = cobra

Cobra Pose

Niralamba Bhujangasana

“niralamba” = unsupported

Unsupported Cobra Pose

Salamba Bhujangasana

“salamba” = supported

Supported Cobra Pose

Also known as: Sphinx Pose



“salabha” = locust

Locust Pose

Salabhasana A In Bikram Hot Yoga called, Full Locust Pose

Heart of Poses

  • Backbends


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