Sanskrit Name – Mayurasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Mayur – Peacock, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Arm Balance Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Core, Arms and Back
WHAT IS PEACOCK POSE (MAYURASANA)?
Peacock Pose (Mayurasana) is a challenging arm balancing yoga pose that strengthens your core, arms, back and wrists.
DO NOT PRACTICE PEACOCK POSE (MAYURASANA) IF:
You have a wrist, arm or shoulder injury
You have abdominal pain or a hernia
You have a back injury
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF PEACOCK POSE (MAYURASANA)
Strengthens your core, arms, back and wrists
Stretches your wrist flexors
HOW TO PRACTICE PEACOCK POSE (MAYURASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Start by kneeling on the ground with your feet touching and your toes curled under. Keep your ankles together, and your knees shoulder width apart. Round your back and tuck your chin into your chest. Place the top of your head on the floor. Place your hands on the floor, between your knees with your fingers facing backwards.
Gaze backwards towards your feet and straighten your legs behind you. Balance your stomach on your elbows. Your elbows should be in the centre of your body. This will make it easier to raise your legs and balance. Lift your head off the floor and gaze slightly ahead. Lift your feet off the floor and balance, keeping your body and head in a straight line.
Stay in this asana for as long as you feel comfortable, to exit lower your feet to the ground, kneel and then slowly come out of the pose.
PEACOCK POSE (MAYURASANA) VARIATION – USE A WALL AND BLOCKS
Practice this asana with your feet placed against the wall and your hands balancing on blocks.
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