Sphinx Pose Exercise Guide
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Sphinx Pose is a beginning backbend in yoga that helps open the chest, lungs and lower back. The exercise also strengthens the spine and buttocks and lengthens the abdominal muscles.
How to do Sphinx Pose
Lie down on your belly with your legs together. Place your elbows under your shoulders with your forearms on the floor beside your sides. Push up on your forearms so your upper chest is lifted. Firm your butt and lengthen your lower back.
When you're a novice, consider doing Sphinx Pose standing up. Stand facing a wall, then put your forearms shoulder-width apart and palms to it. Align the elbows with your shoulders to build a.
When you have low arms, hold your hands on the floor to stop arching backward.
When you have a sore lower back or a new fracture, restrict the range of motion by holding your shoulders on the floor to stop arching your spine. Engage the heart to have more support for the lower back.
Learn how to do sphinx pose from this step-by-step illustrations:
The muscles used for sphinx pose may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for sphinx pose are:
- Upper Pecs
- Upper Abs
- Side Deltoids
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Training, Progressions and Regressions
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Sphinx Pose Training and Progressions
Standards and Averages
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Sphinx Pose Standards and Averages
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|Type(s)||Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Compound|
|Muscles Worked||Abdominals, Trapezius, Deltoids, Upper Abdominals, Posterior Deltoids, Pectoralis Major|
|Difficulty Level(s)||Basic, Easy|
|Equipment||No Equipment, Mat|
|Location||At Gym, At Home, Outdoor|
|Target muscle(s)||Upper Pecs|
|Synergyst muscle(s)||Abs, Traps, Deltoids, Upper Abs, Side Deltoids|