Sunday, 25 September 2011

Mayurasana - Peacock Pose

The word "Mayur" means 'peacock' in Sanskrit. In this pose the body looks like a peacock, hence the name.


  1. Sit down on the floor on your knees.
  2. Spread your knees apart.
  3. Place both your palms in between your knees.
  4. The elbows should be touching the abdomen on either side of the navel.
  5. Stretch out both your legs backwards and push your trunk forward. Make the upper part of your body parallel to the ground.
  6. Balancing on your palms and elbows, raise both legs off the ground.
  7. The head, neck, chest and legs should all be in a straight line.
  8. Remain in this posture for as long as you can.
  9. Put your feet back on the ground.
  10. Now fold your legs and place the knees on the ground.
  11. Remove your hands from the ground and sit on your soles.


  • Do not jerk while performing this pose.
  • Spondylitis patients should not perform this pose.
  • Take care that you balance yourself properly on the elbows.


  • Mayurasana keeps your pancreas and liver healthy.
  • Diabetic patients can benefit from this pose.
  • The abdominal muscles get toned up.
  • Dyspepsia and visceroptosis can get cured with this pose.


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