Peacock Pose

The Anatomy Of Arm Support Poses

The difficulty of arm support poses lies in the fact that human hands, in contrast to feet, are not made to support the weight. Alternatively, hands have the innate function of grabbing and picking up things. It is recommended that amateur students refrain themselves from carrying out these poses before they learn to master a broad variety of standing positions. For those of you who feel they have had the appropriate training for undertaking arm support positions, make sure to wear comfortable clothing that will allow your body to move freely and without obstructions. Capris, workout clothes, or yoga pants are all appropriate apparel alternatives. 

Mayurasana (ma-yur-ahs-anna) is often categorized as an advanced extended arm balance yoga pose. It works arms, legs and spine while lengthening the anterior neck muscles, rhomboids and trapezius. 

A perfect peacock pose should look like a slightly tilted horizontal line that extends from the tip of your toes all the way to the base of your neck, with the chin pointing towards the floor. To correctly execute this position, one’s front torso has to be leaning onto the back part of one’s upper arms. The elbows should find a comfortable position in the area of the stomach or below the navel without allowing them to slip apart; while your forehead faces the floor with your legs, buttocks and knees actively stretching. 

Some cues to consider are the following: 

  • Keep your abdominal area and buttocks firm
  • To fixedly gaze at a single point while moving into and retaining the pose
  • Focus on maintaining your torso and legs nearly parallel to the ground

Bear in mind these tips when going into peacock pose, as they make up the basis of this position and will aid you with staying away from possible injuries. 

In order to gain the strength and stamina needed to carry out this pose, you can practice easier preparatory positions. The four-limbed stick pose or Chaturanga Dandasana, locust pose or Salabhasana, cow-faced pose or Gomukhasana, and upward bow or Urdhva Dhanurasana are five positions you can practice before attempting the peacock pose. These will work on your core and arm strength, your hamstrings and back, on broadening your shoulders and chest, and loosening up your wrists. 

Once you have prepared your body and gained more endurance, you can go ahead into a full peacock pose after doing preceding poses like the child’s pose or Balasana, the formerly mentioned four-limbed stick pose or Chaturanga Dandasana, and the foot-behind-the-head pose or Eka Pada Sirsana. Succeeding positions can consist of the downward-facing dog pose or Adho Mukha Svanasana, child’s pose or Balasana, and shoulder-pressing pose or Bhujapidasana. 

Most benefits linked to this yoga pose are closely connected to the realigning of the third, Manipura chakra. This energy point is home to our personal and transformational powers, self-esteem, confidence, and warrior energy. Amongst the benefits, one can find that this pose helps with detoxifying the body, alleviating indigestion and constipation, promoting physical and mental balance, and enhancing concentration. It is also said that yoga positions linked to the Manipura chakra can help to boost self-confidence, find one’s sense of purpose, and to improve motivation.