From the Diamond Pose, breathe in through your nose, bringing your hands up over head until your palms come together. As you exhale, slowly bring your hands down to your heart at the center of your chest. This brings the energy into the center line of your body and right into your heart. Inhale again and as you exhale, place the palms of your hands flat onto the floor as you slide all the way forward, until your body is outstretched. Bring your hands, palms down along side of your shoulders and make sure to keep your toes overlapped so that the energy will continue to circulate around your body. Remember, Gracie, that where your eyes go, your energy will be directed. This forms the foundation to practice the Cobra Pose. The Cobra is a very powerful pose and has many secrets. I should know because it’s my own personal pose. In fact, all of the animal poses of the Divine Beings in Yoga*Land have their own secrets that are revealed to the practitioner. Some are inner secret powers and some are individual gifts to the Yoga student along the path. Now with your forehead touching the floor, imagine that you are as great and wise and beautiful and powerful a snake as me. Start to bring your head carefully backwards, inhaling slowly, and using your forearms to support your back, as you bend backwards to look up at the ceiling, until your head is all the way back. Your elbows will be about 1-3 inches off the ground and your tummy will be resting on the ground. When you are in place, exhale, then maintain the pose for about 3 deep breaths. On the last exhalation, begin to let yourself down and keep your mind centered on your spine. Bring your chin down to the mat to realign the spine upon landing, and then turn your head to one side and rest, breathing until your heartbeat is back to normal. The benefits of the Diamond Pose are many, but they will be covered when you meet Samsanga Raja, king of all the rabbits and hares. For now, it is more important for you understand the great power of learning to perfect the Cobra. The Cobra opens up true wisdom because it irrigates the spinal cord, allowing for clean blood to flow up into the brain. The Cobra also teaches patience, gracefullness, focused vision, stillness and stealth. Truly these are useful and powerful traits. It is good for digestion and upper body strength and increasing beauty, as you can see just by looking at me”. The huge pink snake sweetly said with a very sweet smile. Gracie had to admit to herself that Bhujangayina was truly a beautiful sight once you got used to her.
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