What is peacock pose?
When I was doing graduation in yoga, one of my teachers highlighted some of the amazing benefits of practicing Peacock pose in Yoga. He thrust upon that everybody should do it or the variations of Mayurasana because it is the only pose, which has the ability to digest even toxins. Being an advanced form of yoga, one should start its practicing with the help of its modifications, variations, props, etc. before having the mastery over it. The final pose helps in belly fat burning and regular practice of it even can make your stomach flat. It is a boon for those who are having diabetes. Let’s discuss whatever I have learnt from my yoga teachers as well as 20 years of my practical experience in yoga. Also read: wonder yoga for belly fat
Unknown facts about Peacock pose
- It is pronounced as ‘ma-yur-AHS-anna’ wherein Mayura means peacock.
- ‘Mayura’ means peacock. In this asana, the body takes the shape of a peacock.
- This is the excellent asana for speeding up the metabolic processes in the body.
- Mayurasana vigorously speeds up the blood flow. Also it tends to increase the amount of toxins in the blood as part of the process of purification, therefore do not practise it before any inverted asana, for this may direct excessive toxins towards the brain.
- This is the best yoga pose helps eliminating toxins from the body.
- This the advanced and balancing yoga pose.
- Mayurasana is one of the best asanas for eliminating all types of abdominal ailments
How to do Peacock pose step by step?
- Sit in Vajrasana. Open the knees and come to the kneeling position by placing the knees on the floor.
- Bend forward, stretch out the fingers of your hands and place the palms on the ground with fingers pointing towards the feet.
- Bend the elbows keeping forearms together. Place elbows gently on either side of the navel with chest resting on the back of upper arms.
- Stretch both the legs; keeping the legs together slowly come forward very cautiously.
- Supporting the weight of body on hands and wrists, raise the legs from the floor.
- Stretch the head and trunk forward.
- Maintain this position as long as comfortable. In the final position body remains parallel to the ground with legs stretched out and feet together.
- Come back by lowering the head; place the knees on the floor and then legs on the ground.
Peacock pose benefits
- Belly fat burning: If one learns to do the pose technically correct, it can play an important role to burn the belly fat and even has the ability to make the stomach flat.
- Facial complexion. Though, it needs practice and time to become mastery over it. But practicing it with right steps help to accelerate oxygenated blood to the facial region thereby provides nourishing to it.
- Toxins removal. It is the best yogasana to remove toxins from the body, especially from the abdominal region.
- Diabetes prevention: The practice of the pose stir the pancreas to secrete suitable amount of insulin thus helps to control blood sugar. Please read: Yoga for diabetes
- Flatulence: The practice of this asana relieves the indigestion, constipation and flatulence. It is useful for removing maladies of the abdomen.
- Defective eyesight: This asana is useful for treating defective eyesight.
- Strengthens arms and hands: It makes your arms and hands strengthen thus prevents many issues related hands and arms.
- Mavurasana massages and stimulates all the digestive organs. It is very useful for treating sluggishness in the liver and kidneys, etc.
- It stimulates the process of waste removal from the bowels. It is a very useful asana for many types of digestive ailments and also helps to keep the digestive system in good, efficient order.
- Muscular control: It strengthens the muscles of the whole body and develops muscular control along with a sense of balance.
Mayurasana should not be practised if you suffer from any of the following ailments
- Abdominal injuries
- Wrists and elbows injuries
- High blood pressure
- Any heart ailments
- Peptic or duodenal ulcers
- It is very easy to fall forward from the final pose and crush the nose on the floor.
- Be careful and if necessary place a small cushion under the face.
- Mayurasana should be done at the end of your asana program.
- One shouldn’t attempt to do this pose if you are even slightly ill or if you feel any physical weakness.
- Pregnant women are strictly advised not to practise mayurasana
Normal breathing in the starting pose. Deep inhalation before raising the body to the final pose. Beginners can hold their breath in the final pose for as long as is comfortable. Advanced practitioners can breathe slowly and deeply in the final pose. Breathe out after returning to the starting position. Breathe normally before attempting a second round.