Mayurasana, or peacock pose, is a liberating pose known for its cleansing and detoxifying benefits.
The peacock symbolizes beauty, strength, compassion and the ability to destroy snakes…and digest their venom (don’t try that snake venom part at home).
There are plenty of steps to build into this pose, which we’ll be featuring in our upcoming asana manual (I’m such a tease, aren’t I?).
This pose is not for the feint of heart (or stomach). Those pointy little elbows will feel horrible at first. And the weight on the wrists will seem extreme. But if you work up to this slowly (again, our ‘how to manual’ is coming soon!), you’ll feel fabulous when you finally nail this.
asana name = mayurasana
- mayura = peacock
- asana = seat
- strengthens arms, shoulders and wrists
- strengthens manipura chakra (power center)
- pressure on abdomen improves digestion and relieves indigestion and constipation
- improves balance and concentration
- builds confidence and self esteem (think of a proud peacock)
- wrist/arm injuries
- abdominal surgery
preparations and modifications
- build up to this asana by strengthening core, arms and back (yes, chaturanga dandasana) and preparing the wrists (see our post on strengthening the wrists)
- hamsasana (swan pose)
- padma mayurasana
- regal and proud;
- confident and self-assured.
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