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20 yoga poses to channel your inner animal

Woman doing Cobra Pose in the grass

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Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Cobra Pose is a common beginner’s pose, and it's clear why this pose is named after a snake. "Bhujanga" means "serpent" in Sanskrit, as the pose mimicks a serpent rising to strike. This pose benefits the chest, shoulders, spine and buttocks.