In my previous article on Tadasana, I’ve explained few common instructions applicable to all the asanas. “Mayur” in Sanskrit language means peacock. Peacock has special significance to India, being the National Bird. As per Indian folklore, Peacock is the symbol of love and immortality. A beautiful girl is compared to a peacock and one says, ‘she is proud as a peacock’. In this asana one attempts to attain the shape of a peacock. The entire body is in one straight line, balanced on both the elbows.
Method / Technique of Mayurasana
- Kneel on the floor (ensure that the floor and the mat on the floor are perfectly flat, as in this asana one needs to do the balancing act, like in a circus) keep the knees wide open and sit in a relaxed position with the support of your heels.
- Bend forward and keep your palms on the ground. Your fingers are turned back in the direction of your torso, and the thumbs point in opposite directions.
- Bend your elbows carefully and slowly get them straight and move the knees beyond your arms and make positional adjustments with your hands.
- Lean forward and balance the torso on the upper arms. Your elbows now dig into your belly beside your navel. In the initial stages of the practice, some secure the elbows with a belt to avoid the possibility of their sliding apart. It is also difficult to attain the final stage of the asana in the first few sessions. Support your feet on a wooden plank to begin with.
- The elbows exert pressure on your belly. Slowly, bring the forehead in the direction of the floor.
- Make the knees straight and bring the legs out. Your fingers of the leg still touch the ground. Firm up your torso and bring the shoulders downward slowly.
- Raise your head and look in front. Position the torso and legs more or less parallel to the floor. This is the stage when one needs to guard the balance of the entire body to the maximum extent, to achieve the perfect final stage of Mayurasana.
- Your neck, chest and head are in alignment. It is fine if you hold on to the position for 10 seconds to start with. 30 seconds is the ideal duration. To return to the starting position, fold your legs slowly, and place knees on the ground.
- Take your hands from the ground and relax comfortably. For rest, you can revert to Vajrasana.
Physical/Therapeutic benefits of Peacock pose
- Improves the quality of semen.
- Removes the congestion of the vagina.
- Helpful for women with menstrual disorders
- Problems of lower abdomen are taken care of.
- An ideal exercise to strengthen liver and pancreas.
- Good results for diabetic patients.
- Strengthens, arms, shoulders, abdomen and the back.
- Beneficial for piles, obesity and constipation.
- Regulates the blood circulation and all parts of the body get adequate blood supply.
- Awakens the power of Kundalini.
- Controls the pranic flow to the pericardium meridians and enhances it with the regular practice of the asana.
- It has the soothing effect on the brain and helps to control depression and stress.
- Elbow and wrist bear the maximum pressure and take the weight of the entire body. Balancing should be achieved with utmost caution.
- Initially place your forehead and/or knees on a wooden block.
- Women, especially with heavy hips and breasts, may find it difficult to find the centre of gravity of the body. Such women should not take the risk of this asana.
- Pregnant women should not attempt this asana.