Mayurasana – peacock pose is a pose that looks really beautiful, but for me it’s an amazing complicated one to do. When I was a kid and played football (soccer for the Americans) my long legs where pretty handy. I was a defending midfield player and my opponents always complained about my Inspector Gadget legs. It didn’t matter where on the field they were, I could always get a leg in front of the ball. For jump backs and Mayurasana my legs form a problem. They are so tall compared to my upper body that it’s hard to find the right balance between those two parts.
How to get into Mayurasana – Peacock pose
- Kneel down on all fours; knees slightly apart
- Place your hands on the floor with your fingers pointing towards you. Your little fingers should tough
- Bend your elbows and keep your lower arms together. Your diaphragm should rest on your elbows en your chest on the back of your upper arms
- Straighten your legs, squeeze them together
- Breath out, transfer your body weight on your wrists and hands, lift your legs (you can start by lifting them one by one) and straighten your head and trunk forwards
- Stay in Mayurasana as long as you can. See if you can work up till 30 seconds up until a minute
- First lower your head to the floor to get out of the pose, then lower your legs
Benefits of Mayurasana – Peacock pose
- Your elbows are pressing the aorta in your stomach which improves blood flow in your abdominal organs. Your digestion benefits of this, stomach and spleen problems will be cured
- Mayurasana prevents accumulation of waste products, due to incorrect diet
- Beneficial for people who suffer from diabetes
- Strengthens lower arms, wrists and elbows
An alternative for Mayurasana – one I can do and like – is Padma Mayurasana. In this case you fold your legs into lotus. Getting into the pose and the benefits are the same. If you have long legs like I do and you struggle with this pose, give Padma Mayurasana a chance.
This pose releases so many toxins and waste products that you shouldn’t do any inversion after it anymore.
Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati