Let's start with Cobra: In Cobra the lower half of your body is on your mat; legs, tops of your feet, hips and pelvis. Placing your hands shoulder width apart, fingers wide you lift your chest off of the mat. Drop your shoulders back and keep a bend in your arms as your elbows draw into your ribcage. Inhale as you lift.
In Up Dog (as pictured) the only parts of your body that are touching the mat are your hands and the tops of your feet. Legs are straight and lifted off of the mat, as well as the hips are lifted. Hands, wrist and shoulder are in a straight line- one on top of the other. Again you inhale as you lift the chest.
Play around with each pose during your Surya Namaskar. Switch them periodically during a class. If you have additional questions or want to delve further into your practice let's schedule a private yoga session. Private classes can be done in person or via Skype. Send me an email with your date preferences. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!