Mayurasana (my-yer-ahs-anna) tones and revitalizes the abdomen. It helps to correct imbalances at the navel center, especially with the stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen and pancreas. Digestion is highly stimulated, reducing constipation and the production of toxins in the intestines. The pose strengthens the wrists, arms, shoulders, and the back of the legs and torso.
The peacock is the national bird of India. It symbolizes grace, beauty and love. It is believed to have been created from a feather of Garuda (the bird that carries Lord Vishnu).
It will take time to develop the grace and tranquility that this pose’s name presents. However practicing this pose will be cleansing and invigorating. The digestive fire released in the pose will arouse courage, self-confidence and vitality. It will allow you to “digest” more than just food and help you work through negative emotions like anger, anxiety or sadness.
Avoid Mayurasana if you have wrist or elbow injuries, or if you have high blood pressure, hernia or ulcers. Pregnant or menstruating women should also avoid this pose.