Children love to slither on the floor and pretend to be snakes, but what parents do not realize is being a cobra has multiple benefits. Slithering around on the floor builds upper body strength and coordination. Exhaling out a “hisssss” releases tension and coordinates breath with movement.
Cobra is a great pose for all children, including those with developmental delays, ADHD, and autism. Cobra integrates the Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex, which is a primitive reflex that has a role in development. This means it has an important therapeutic role. So by all means have snake races with your children! Not only are they fun, but it’s an aiding in their development.
- Relieves stress, tension, and fatigue
- Strengthens back and spine
- Integrates primitive reflexes
- Opens chest and lungs
HOW TO BE A COBRA
Lay on your belly with your legs together. Put your hands under shoulders and elevate your head and chest. Exhale out a “hisssss” then lower down to rest in the grass. Try it again. This time move your head from side to side as you hiss. Try it a third time. This time slither forward only using your hands and arms to move (works best on slippery flooring). Teach cobra to your friends and have a race!
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