Feathered Peacock Pose
Pincha Mayurasana (pin-cha my-your-AHS-anna) strengthens the shoulders, arms, core and back. It stretches the shoulders, neck, chest and abdomen. Circulation to the brain also increases.
Just like its namesake, the peacock, Pincha Mayurasana is a beautiful and showy pose. Balancing on the forearms makes it more stable than Adho Mukha Vrksasana because it provides a larger foundation. This can provide an additional sense of balance and stability.
As an inversion, it calms the brain and helps relieve anxiety and depression; the increase in blood to the brain is also energizing.
Avoid Pincha Mayurasana if you have back, shoulder or neck injury, or if you have high blood pressure, a heart condition or a headache. Women who are menstruating or pregnant should also avoid this pose.