Mayurasana – Mayura means a peacock.
Technique for Mayurasana
- Kneel on the floor with the knees slightly apart.
- Bend forward, invert the palms and place them on the floor. The little fingers should touch and the fingers should point towards the feet.
- Bend the elbows and keep the forearms together. Rest the diaphragm on the elbows and the chest on the back of the upper arms.
- Stretch the legs straight one by one and keep them together and stiff.
- Exhale, bear the body weight on the wrists and hands, raise the legs from the floor (either one by one or together) and at the same time stretch the trunk and head forward. Keep the whole body parallel to the floor with the legs stretched out straight and the feet together.
- Hold the pose as long as you can, gradually increasing the time to between 30 and 6o seconds. Do not put pressure on the ribs. The diaphragm being pressed, breathing will be laboured.
- Lower the head to the floor and then the legs. Place the knees on the floor by the side of the hands, then lift the hands and relax.
Effects of Mayurasana
Mayurasana tones up the abdominal portion of the body wonderfully. Due to the pressure of the elbows against the abdominal aorta, blood circulates properly in the abdominal organs. This improves digestive power, cures ailments of the stomach and spleen, and prevents the accumulation of toxins due to faulty eating habits. Persons suffering from diabetes will find the pose beneficial. As a peacock destroys snakes, Mayurasana kills toxins in the body. It also strengthens the forearms, wrists and elbows.