Thursday, July 18, 2019

Featured Pose: Aqua Yoga Cobra Pose

Aqua Yoga teacher Camella Nair sent us this gorgeous photo of one of her students doing Cobra pose in the water. Camella says that when Cobra pose is practiced in the water you are supported by buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure, so this tends to be a very accessible backbend pose for many people. In this photo the student's hands rest on the deck and she is taking advantage of buoyancy to lift and open the heart center and draw the shoulder blades down the back. From here, she can step the feet back and press her hips back into Water Dog pose (which is a Half-Downward Facing Dog pose with hands on the deck), bringing the spine back to neutral once again. —Nina

Camella Nair (Swami Nibhrtananda) has been practicing and studying yoga for decades and experienced how the practice of yoga changes over time or through illness or injury. She is certified in Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation as well as being a Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Health Educator and home funeral guide. She has authored two books on yoga and developed an accessible Aqua Yoga training program that caters for diverse populations. She is on faculty at Atri and bridges the gap between yoga and aquatic exercise. As a female swami, she shares deep mystical Kriya yoga concepts with humor and enthusiasm and a female perspective. Find out more about her at

This post was edited by Nina Zolotow, co-editor of the Accessible Yoga blog and Editor in Chief of Yoga for Healthy Aging.

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