Pose of the Month: Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)

Author: myaizzolena / Date: 13-04-2015 / Tag: Full Circle Yoga, mayurasana, peacock pose, arm balance, digestive health, Yoga /

Pose of the Month: Mayurasana (Peacock pose)

            You would think Peacock pose (Mayurasana), would be about showboating your extravagant ‘tail feathers’, in LuLulemon yoga pants, at the nearest hot yoga studio. However, Mayurasana is about maintaining the balance that a Peacock must struggle with on a daily basis. Its long neck protrudes one way while its signature feathers extend the opposite way, leaving all this weight atop a small body and feet where balance seems inconceivable. You can begin to imagine the hardships the Peacock must go through to maintain a balance of elegance and composure. Mayurasana graciously reminds us to tap into the power that resides in the depth of our being when life seems a little unbalanced.

          Peacocks are also known for their digestive power to eat poisonous snakes. It only makes sense that this asana is known for its extreme detoxification and cleansing benefits that is essential for radiant health. This pose has internal and external pressure massaging the belly organs to help release toxins. Digestive health is not only important physically, but mentally a healthy digestive system helps us have exuberance for life.

To Get into Mayurasana (Peacock pose)

  • First, begin to warm up wrists and hands by coming to knees and placing palms on the ground. Fingers can face forward or backwards as you gently rock side to side. Continue this rocking sensation as you rotate hands switching between placing palms up and down on the ground.
  • Next, from kneeling, place hands are about 6 inches apart and with the fingers pointing towards your toes.
  • Bend elbows about 90 degrees as you lower your torso to your forearms and elbows. The key here is to try and pull your elbows back as far as you can, BELOW the navel, burrowing your arms into your lower abdomen. This action not only encourages the balance of the pose, but also boosts the detoxification component of the pose. MODIFICATION: if this arm position in uncomfortable for you, no problem, instead try hugging elbows in towards ribs like we do in chaturanga (low plank), keeping your fingers pointing backwards.
  • Keep the gaze forward, and extend one leg. Then lean the torso forward more and extend the other leg. Here you will find yourself in plank with the support of your forearm, elbows and toes. You may also place your chin on the ground to help the stabilization process.
  • Continue to lean your chest forward as you engage through your abdominals, pelvic floor and outer hips. Rotate your inner thighs towards each other as you flex your feet with the toes pointed down.
  • Extend through your crown and continue to lengthen through your feet, reaching the heels towards the sky
  • Keep the gaze forward
  •  Allow for the invigoration sensation to fill your body as you find the balance and fly.
  • To release, gently drop knees to the ground lean back on your heels, shake out your wrists. Thank your body for its hard work and continue your day feeling rejuvenated.