Mayurasana (Peacock Pose): Step, benefits, and precautions

Mayurasana is an advanced arm balancing pose that helps tone and detoxifies the body. Also known in English as ‘Peacock Pose’ (Mayur meaning peacock), it is one of the oldest rugs in Hatha Yoga, in which, your entire body takes the shape of a peacock with its wings.

Beginners may find this posture a bit difficult, but it can be mastered with patience and practice. It is best to practice this asana in the morning; However, if this is not possible, you can also practice it in the evening.

If you also want to complete this asana, read on to know a step by step guide to do.

This article gives you the right way of Mayurasana, the health benefits of Mayurasana and the precautions to be taken while practicing it.

Girl doing a Mayurasana. It is also called the peacock pose.

Mayurasana (Peacock Pose) steps: The right way to do Peacock Pose

To practice Peacock Pose in the right way, follow the steps given below:

1)- Firstly, sit down on a flat surface with your knees bent.
2)- Keep your heel close to each other and make sure your knees are wide.
3)- Now, bend forward, place your palms on the ground between your fingers pointing towards your body.
4)- Slowly bend your elbows and press them towards your stomach, placing the weight of your body on your hands.
5)- Slowly, spread your legs backwards, lift them off the ground.
6)- In the final position, the weight of your body should be on your palms and arms and your entire body should be above and parallel to the ground.
7)- Tighten your shoulders, straighten your head and set your gaze forward.
8)- Try to hold the posture for a few minutes but don’t force yourself.
9)- Now slowly return to your first position, relax your body and slowly breathe in and out.
10)- Try to repeat this asana at least approx. three times.

Benefits of Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)

Peacock Pose provides some incredible benefits. Some of which are listed below:

  • Mayurasana helps improves blood circulation.
  • Mayurasana helps improve digestion.
  • It improves the functioning of the liver, intestines, and kidneys.
  • It improves concentration and helps in maintaining the balance of mind-body.
  • It detoxifies the body and helps get rid of skin problems such as acne, dark spots, and pimples
  • Mayurasana helps reduce the risk of conditions like acidity, constipation, and diabetes.
  • When done regularly, this asana helps strengthen the shoulders, wrists, elbows, and spine.

Precautions to take before or while doing Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)

Avoid this asana if you have the following conditions:

  • If you have a hernia, peptic ulcer, heart disease, high blood pressure or intestinal problems then you should not do this asana.
  • Those who have recently undergone abdominal surgery should not perform Mayurasana.
  • If you have an injury to your wrist, elbow or shoulder, you should not practice Mayurasana.
  • Do not start or end your yoga session with Mayurasana, instead, practice it in the middle of your asana series.
  • Pregnant women are strictly recommended not to practice this asana.
  • If you feel any pain or discomfort while practicing this asana, stop immediately and rest for some time. If the problem persists, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.

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