Description :

In Sanskrit Mayur means “Peacock” and also while practicing this asana the entire body structure looks like a Peacock and hence it is also known Peacock Pose.

Health Benefits :

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists
  • Improves balance
  • Puts pressure on the abdomen improving digestion, and relieving indigestion and constipation
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Stretches the muscles of the forearms, wrists and fingers
  • Beneficial for repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, and for people who spend a lot of time on the computer.
  • It cures the diseases caused by excess of ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’ and ‘kafa’ (wind, bile and phlegm). It stops the bleeding caused bypiles. It also prevents diabetes.

Considerations :

People suffering from cervical spondylitis should not practice this asana.Person suffering from high blood pressure avoid this asana.One should not practice this asana once if any abdominal surgery is done.Don’t wrench yourself while practicing this asana.One should avoid this asana if feeling uncomfortable and problematic.This asana cannot be practiced by the person suffering from ulcer and hernia.

Step 1 :

Kneel on the floor with the knees slightly apart. Support the legs on the feet. Invert the palms and place them between the knees. There should be a distance of three to four cms between the palms. The little fingers should be placed together pointing towards the feet. The thumbs should firmly press the ground. Keep both the hands steady and firm.


Step 2 :

Then slowly bring the elbows close to the abdomen just under the navel. Rest the diaphragm on the elbows. The elbows are placed together to provide a suitable fulcrum on which the horizontal body could rest.


Step 3 :

Now, stretch the legs. Raise the heels and hold the legs parallel to the ground. If you find it hard to take both the legs backwards together and stiff. If you try to slightly bend the trunk at the head, the legs would be lifted up of their own accord from the floor. Then it would be easy to stretch the legs backwards. When the posture is correctly assumed, the head, the hips, the thighs, the legs and the feet will be in a straight line parallel to the ground.


Practice this asana for five to twenty seconds. Hold the breath at the time of raising the body. This will revitalize the body. Exhale quietly when the asana is completed. One who possesses a sound physique can practise this asana for two to three minutes.



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