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Kukkutasana (Sanskrit: कुक्कुटासन; IAST: Kukkuṭāsana), Cockerel Pose,[1] or Rooster Posture[2] is an asana.[3]


The name comes from the Sanskrit words kukkuṭā meaning "cockerel"[4] and asana (आसन) meaning "posture" or "seat".[5]


Kukkuṭāsana helps in the strengthening of the joints as the wrists, elbows and shoulders; helps in the improvement of the digestive system; increases the balance in the body.[6] This asana is very beneficial for women in overcoming the hip pain and discomfort from menstruation.[7]


Variations include Urdhva Kukkutasana (upwards) and Parsva Kukkutasana (sideways).[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pranavananda, Yogi (1997). Pure Yoga. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 64. ISBN 978-81-208-1508-7.
  2. ^ Maehle, Gregor (2007). Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy. New World Library. p. 98. ISBN 978-1-57731-606-0.
  3. ^ Sharma, S. K.; Singh, Balmukand (1998). Yoga: a guide to healthy living. Barnes & Noble. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7607-1250-4.
  4. ^ Nardi, Isabella (2006). The theory of Citrasūtras in Indian painting: a critical re-evaluation of their uses and interpretations. Taylor & Francis. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-415-39195-5.
  5. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  6. ^ S'Rimat Kuvalayananda (January 2003). Yoga-Mimansa 1956-1957. Kessinger Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7661-3032-6. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  7. ^ Sharma, Dr. Rajeev (1 January 2006). Pranayama for Better Life. Lotus Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-81-8382-053-0. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  8. ^ Iyengar, B. K. S. (1979) [1966]. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika. Unwin Paperbacks. pp. 140–141, 320–325.
  9. ^ Birch, Beryl Bender (28 August 2007). "Asana Column: Urdhva Kukkutasana (Upward Cock Pose)". Yoga Journal.

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