Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)

English Name(s)
Mayurasana
Peacock Pose
Sanskrit
मयूरासन
Pronunciation
my-yer-ahs-anna
Meaning
mayura: “peacock”
asana: “pose”

Physical Benefits

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.

Energetic Benefits

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.

Contraindications

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.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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