The form of this pose reminds one of a snake. Hence, it is known as Bhujangasana.
One needs to lie down on one’s stomach. Both the elbows are to be kept close to the waist even as the palms are bent forward parallel to the waist. After this, the palms alongwith the upper torso is lifted upwards with the head held at a distance from the ground. One also needs to keep looking in front all the time.
This pose is complementary to the Shalabha pose. Due to the tension applied from the navel to the head, the stomach and lungs are aroused. All diseases brought about due to lack of appetite are also destroyed. The stomach, accompanying nerves and the entire mid-section is strengthened. The muscles of the back of the pit of the stomach are also greatly strengthened.
If one performs this pose with devotion and commitment, the stiffness of the spine can be eliminated. Each and every vertebra, nerves and also various nerve-endings are affected. It also helps to make the nerve-endings stronger and better able to withstand pressure.
This pose also affects the lungs and chest which makes them broader. The millions of pores in our lungs are also made stronger. Apart from this, the liver and other organs of the urinary system also benefit greatly from this asana.
The reproductive system also improves as the quality of the semen becomes better.