Cobra pose is a gentle backbend practiced from a face-down position that warms and strengthens the spine while opening the chest.
To enter the pose, lie down on the stomach with legs stretched out behind and the tops of the feet on the ground, with toes pointed. Place the hands directly under the shoulders with palms pressing against the ground and fingers pointing forward. Lift the head, shoulders and chest off the floor, keeping the pubic bone on the floor, and the bottom of the ribs and abdomen on the floor. Slowly and gently arch the back, lifting the chest upward, keeping the shoulders down the back away from the ears and neck.
Cobra pose is also referred to as bhujangasana in Sanskrit.