Peacock Pose (Mayurasana)

Peacock Pose (Sanskrit: Mayurasana) is an advanced yoga posture that requires strength and grace, however the path to arrive there is not always easy. This is the symbolism of the beautiful peacock in this pose. The root Sanskrit word “Mayura” means peacock.

In this position, the entire weight of the body is balanced horizontal to the floor while the hands are turned backwards underneath the body.

It takes time to not only get used to feeling the body balance in such a strange way (as we are normally completely vertical and perpendicular to the ground), as the body is aiming to be completely parallel to the floor.

How to Do Peacock Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Kneel on the floor with the hips on the heels. Place the arms in front of you and bend the elbows into the center of the body. Flex the palms away from you so the fingers point downward.

Step 2

Begin to lean forward and place your hands on the floor. You will feel the elbows hugged into your upper abdomen, just below the rib cage.

Step 3

Reach the crown of your head forward so the head doesn’t fall onto the floor. Engage your core by drawing the abdomen inward.

Step 4

Extend your legs out behind you and lift them off the floor. Hold for 5 breaths.

Peacock Pose Benefits

  • Increases willpower and determination
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Strengthens wrists, shoulders, and core
  • Increases lung capacity