Mayurasana is a type of asana where you need to perform a handstand. Also known as the Peacock Pose, it is an important asana that is included in the Hatha Yoga literature. The asana ensures a lot of health benefits for the body and can be helpful when it comes to increasing youthful energy and vigor. However, the asana is somewhat complex than the other asanas. Make sure that you master all the steps carefully before you actually do this asana on a regular basis.
These are the steps of Mayurasana.
Keep your hands on the floor and point the fingers towards your body. Bend your elbows gently and slowly press them towards the abdomen.
During the pose, you should always keep the belly firm. This is something that you can do by dropping your head on the floor and enhancing the strength of your stomach.
Stretch out your legs while making sure that your knees remain straight. You should also keep the upper part of the feet facing the floor.
Keep your shoulder blades firm and push them into the back. Raise your head and tighten your buttocks. Keep your gaze forward.
Slowly shift the weight of your body forward while lifting the legs right off the floor. Make sure you’re your body is lifted with its weight balanced on the hands. You should keep your body parallel to the surface of the floor.
Stay on this pose for about ten seconds at the initial stages. With more practice, you can to hold on to the pose for up to 1 minute.
You can also practice the alternate forms of this particular pose. One of the variations of Mayurasana is the Pincha Mayurasana or Feathered Peacock Pose.
The main preparatory poses that you need to do Mayurasana are stated below:
These are the follow-up poses that you need to do after Mayurasana.
You must remember that Mayurasana is a form of an advanced pose. Therefore you should have sufficient knowledge and skill on other poses before you start practicing this asana. Make sure that you have strong hands, wrists, overall strength as well as control over your body. You should also have greater mental focus before you perform this asana. You should also keep your belly empty before performing this asana. Make sure that you complete your meals at least 4 to 6 hours prior to practicing this asana. Additionally, you must only practice this asana under the close supervision of a yoga teacher.
The best time to practice this asana is during the wee hours of the early morning. However, in case you are not able to do so, you can still practice it during the evening.
A brief look at this asana might make you think that you need tremendous arm strength to do it right. However, the most important strength that you would have to master is to learn how to work with your belly. Like any other form of arm balancing pose, you must develop incredible strength to practice it correctly. However, you should also develop patience along with strength because it is the only continuous practice that will help you to attain a relationship with the force of gravity which you must develop to perform Mayurasana successfully. In order to achieve this goal, you must develop a good yogic foundation for yourself by working on your hands, forearms, and belly. The other thing that you will have to do is learn how to consider the arms as legs and then push the elbows right into your belly. While this might get rather uncomfortable initially, with practice you can do this perfectly and benefit out of it. As you use your hands as legs for your body, you will find that your abdominal muscles effectively strengthen under the abs. Such strength is going to provide you with stability as you do the pose.
These are the main Mayurasana benefits that you should know about.
According to the Gheranda Samhita, Mayurasana can help in removing toxins from the body. It can detoxify the body and remove fevers and tumors.
The asana tones digestive organs and also increases blood circulation within the abdominal area, thus enhancing its strength.
The yoga asana tones and strengthens the reproductive system, thereby reducing all menopause and menstrual dysfunctions. Mayurasana can also enhance sexual activity.
The following are the precautions and contraindications related to the practice of Mayurasana.
You should strictly avoid Mayurasana if you have high blood pressure; heart diseases; intestinal problems; a hernia; eye, nose and ear infections or brain tumor.
Now that you have learned about the various steps associated with Mayurasana, go ahead and practice it to attain the maximum benefits.