Top Menu

Pincha Mayurasana – Peacock pose

Peacock pose – Pincha Mayurasana

For some reason I always liked Pincha Mayurasana – Peacock pose. It has something royal. Not that I could do the pose, that took me ages. And still I’m far from perfect. I get in it. Some days with ease, some days I have to try over and over again. Some days I am standing in it for a long time, some days I lose my control within a split second. But lately I keep doing the pose and slowly I’m getting more and more comfortable in it.

Pincha means chin or feather, Mayura means peacock. The pose is named after the peacocks in India, who dance at the beginning of the rain season. When they start dancing the raise the feathers of their tail and spread them, like a (hand) fan. The lifted feathers are symbolised in Pincha Mayurasana – Peacock pose  by the legs that come up in the air.

Getting into Pincha Mayurasana – Peacock pose

  • Start in downward dog and bring your under arms to the floor, so you get into Dolphin pose. Your elbows are shoulder width apart and your underarms are parallel to each other
  • Walk up as far as you can, brining your pelvis as far above your head as possible
  • Raise one leg into the air and jump up with the other leg. I like to bend the leg into the air as a counterbalance for the leg that is still down. Then I make two little jumps first, to find the speed I need first. When my second leg comes up, I slowly straighten my first leg as well
  • Make sure your legs are pressed against each other. Your head is lifted
  • Push yourself out of your shoulders. Your upper arms are vertical to the floor
  • Stay in the pose as long as you can keep your balance and as it is comfortable. Come out of it with control

Benefits of Pincha Mayurasana – Peacock pose

  • Strengthens the shoulders and muscles of the back
  • Makes the spine flexible and strong
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles


Source: Iyengar – Light on Yoga / Key muscles of Yoga – Ray Long / Ashtanga – David Swenson / Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha – Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Photo Jan Stads / Pix4Profs

Comments are closed.

Private: yoga courses

Ready to start with yoga? Do you want to get more flexible? Finally get rid of back pain and / or stress? Or do you think yoga is something for you? Whatever your reason is, we have the yoga courses for you.

Yoga courses for beginners

yoga courses

yoga courses

This Yoga beginners course guides you through the first steps on your yoga mat. The course consists of seven video classes and an introduction video. The classes are between 35 and 45 minutes. The course is designed to give you the best start to yoga you can imagine.

The course only costs 6,95 euros, because we want to help as many people as we can to start with yoga.

You’ll find this course in our webshop.

Thai Yoga massage tutorial

thai yoga massage tutorial

Thai Yoga Massage

A Thai yoga massage is a beautiful gift to give and to receive. With our Thai Yoga massage video tutorial you will be able to give this gift. This tutorial will guide you step-by-step through a relaxing massage. This tutorial consists of two video of half an hour: one massage for the front of the body, one for the back of the body.

Thai yoga massage is practiced with clothes on.

We love Thai yoga massage. To let as many people as we can experience it, we only ask 5 euros for this tutorial.

You’ll find this tutorial in our webshop.