Mayurasana

‘Mayura’ means a peacock. This asana is a straight plane with the forearms as levers. When this asana is performed, the body assumes the posture which resembles a peacock, which explains the Sanskrit name Mayurasana. Compared with other asanas, this asana is difficult to practise. Physical fitness is a pre¬requisite to practise this asana. To gymnasts this asana is easy.

Technique :

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is the first stage of Mayurasana. navel. Rest the diaphragm on the elbows.
  • The elbows are placed together to provide a suitable fulcrum on which the horizontal body could rest.
  • This is the first stage of Mayurasana.
  • 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, stretch the legs straight one by one and keep them 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 practice this asana for two to three minutes.

Advantages of Mayurasana:

  • This asana gives much exercise in a limited time. It is a great energizing exercise. It amazingly increases the power of digestion.
  • It cures the diseases caused by the excess of ‘vata’, ‘pitta’ and ‘kafa’ (wind, bile and phlegm). It stops the bleeding caused by piles. It also prevents diabetes.
  • It strengthens the muscles of the arms, awakens the Kundalini and cures constipation.
  • It exerts intranabdominal pressure with the result that the abdominal organs and the lungs become rejuvenated, and it also eliminates the liver disorders.
  • The practice of this asana stimulates the circulation of the blood in the body. Consequently, the body becomes bright and radiant.
  • It prevents obesity in the body.

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