Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)
In Sanskrit Mayur is known as Peacock. Therefore in this asana the whole of the body is held like a stick on both of the elbows assuming the shape of a peacock during this asana son it is known as Mayurasana. This asana can be performed as follows;
- Sit on the floor with your knees about 12 inches apart.
- Now kneel down in the same position.
- Stretch the fingers of the hand. The fingers shall remain stretched pointing backwards.
- Now place the hands, palms on the floor between the knees and with the wrists in front.
- Place your elbows gently on either sides of the navel.
- Now slowly bend forwards until the abdomen is resting on the elbows.
- At first come forwards and then begin raising the upper part of the body.
- Now slowly and steadily raise the body and the legs in one horizontal position with the legs outstretched forming the letter “V”.
- The whole of the horizontal body is now resting on the hands with the forearms vertical.
- Hold this posture for a while or few seconds.
- Return to the original position. Then slowly fold your legs and place the knees on the ground.
- Now raising your hands from the ground sit on your soles.
The benefits of this asana are:
- This posture is extremely good for the digestive organs.
- As the blood is concentrated and sent to various digestive organs which helps in getting toned up by the intra abdominal pressure.
- This has a good effect on the expelling action of the colon.
- Very beneficial in constipation, piles and obesity.
- Develops chest.
- A beneficial exercise for the liver, and pancreas.
- Tones abdominal muscles.
- Also very useful in diabetes.
Precautionary measures that are to followed while performing this asana are:
- Must be avoided by individuals with hypertension, ulcer, hernia and those undergone abdominal surgery.
- Jerks must be avoided at any stage.
- Any sneezing or coughing if is experienced then stop and rest for a while.
- Those suffering from cervical spondilitis should also not practice it.
- As whole weight is on the elbows so a balance should always be maintained. And in case one feels imbalance should at that moment be stopped.