Mayurasana


Mayurasana a.k.a “peacock pose”. The Peacock is a symbol of immortality / the cycle of time. This posture is an advanced yoga position and requires supervision by a qualified yoga teacher. It requires a strong practice before attempting Mayurasana in order to avoid injury.


How to get into the position

To get into this posture, you have to reverse the direction of your wrists and elbows that you are used to in Chaturanga i.e. plank pose. Begin by kneeling on the floor, knees waste width wide, and sit on your heels. Lean forward and press your palms on the floor with your fingers turned back toward your torso (thumbs pointing out to the sides). Bend your elbows slightly and engage your core, leaning your torso onto the backs of your upper arms, digging your elbows deep into your abdomen.


Look forward and shift your weight forward; it is important to find your centre of gravity. Engage the backs of your legs and squeeze your inner thighs together and hold your body parallel to the floor.


Benefits

Mayurasana:

  • Improves balance and core strength

  • Strengthens the shoulders, wrists, elbows and legs


Contraindications

Avoid this posture if you have shoulder, wrist or elbow injuries.

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