Yoga for You: Cobra Pose



Heart openers are an incredible way to stretch the chest, shoulder and abdominal muscles. Cobra pose builds the foundation for other backbends by developing strength in the muscles of the back. When we are not actively present during heart openers, we can compromise the spine by crunching the vertebrae.

Much like being present during heart openers on the yoga mat, in our day-to-day lives we must remain present while opening our hearts to others. This is the most effective way to develop deep, authentic bonds — such as the bonds created in my grassroots television series Soul Connection Adventure.

Our mission for Soul Connection Adventure is to connect people and celebrate humanity to inspire global change for peace and common good through inspirational, educational reality television programming. This is the process of open-hearted love unfolding around our world through celebrating and learning from our differences while embracing our commonalities.

By coming together to support television shows, such as Soul Connection Adventure, or documentaries that bring more consciousness and empathy into our world, such as I Am, we are contributing to the bigger possibility for peace. On July 7 we launch our Kickstarter campaign to raise the money necessary to produce this show and bring it to the world.

It is through contributors (like you!) who believe in creating peace, love and common good in our world that we are able to share this message to open the hearts of others. Please check out my website for more information on Soul Connection Adventure and to learn how you can support this project becoming a reality.

To open your physical heart through cobra, begin by lying on your belly. Press your palms into the ground beside your ribcage. Squeeze your elbows toward each other and roll your shoulders down your back. Press the tops of your feet into your mat. Lift your chest off your mat. Keep the back of your neck long by tucking your chin in gently. Take five breaths, repeating the mantra “My heart loves abundantly.” Release. Namasté.

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Michelle Ploog has been a nationally recognized yoga teacher for over 13 years. She’s certified in Baptiste Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Fluid Power Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga. She began practicing as a teenager and has since evolved into co-developing and facilitating Yoga Teacher Trainings in multiple locations. Her expertise in fitness as an ACE certified personal trainer, years as a sports-specific yoga teacher/ fitness trainer for the FL Everglades, and experience in wellness coaching influence her dynamic approach to yoga. She spends her time between Minneapolis and Naples throughout the year, and calling her partner Dan and their furbabies Dallas and Kitty her home.


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